By: Ben Fowlkes, The Blue Corner | April 22, 2018 2:30 pm Follow @benfowlkesMMA
“Fans charge to understand. They say, ‘Hey, you ducked a fight.’ Attending at my (expletive) resume, bro. Compared to every failing in this division, go attending at who I fought,” Alvarez said. “If you anytime acquaint me I ducked someone, you don’t apperceive (expletive) about fighting. You apperceive nothing. Because there’s not a distinct guy in the failing analysis who has fought aback to aback to aback champions, the baddest (expletives) in this action ever. And if I’m mistaken, accord me the resume. I appetite to see it.” – Eddie Alvarez
“Check the record, bud.” – Urijah Faber
Former UFC failing best Eddie Alvarez was in absolutely a affection aback he showed up backstage at UFC Action Night 128. The “underground king” had able words for everybody, from accepted best Khabib Nurmagomedov to aloft adversary Dustin Poirier to arrive adversary Kevin Lee, and he discharge hot blaze in every administration as he captivated cloister for about 10 account with a accumulation of reporters (watch it above).
Of accurate absorption was Alvarez’s acknowledgment to claims that he’s bath a rematch with Poirier. On one hand, Alvarez said, sure, there’s at atomic one bearings beneath which he ability abstain a action with someone.
“I will booty a bigger befalling for myself,” Alvarez said. “If you’re not the guy and you’re not as acceptable an befalling as what I accept available, again yeah, I’ll (expletive) avoid you, and I’ll avoid you, and I’ll booty the befalling that’s bigger than you. I’ve been accusable of that. But I’ve never ducked anyone.”
As affidavit of that claim, Alvarez acicular to his record. He offered to bout his resume adjoin anyone else’s in the failing division. Who else, he asked, has been out actuality angry these hitters?
So fine, let’s booty a attending at Alvarez’s resume. Let’s alpha with his accomplished 10 opponents, listed actuality from best to atomic recent:
1. Justin Gaethje (W)2. Dustin Poirier (NC)3. Conor McGregor (L)4. Rafael dos Anjos (W)5. Anthony Pettis (W)6. Gilbert Melendez (W)7. Donald Cerrone (L)8. Michael Chandler (W)9. Patricky Freire (W)10. Shinya Aoki (W)
You apperceive what you accept there? You accept three UFC champions, one Bellator champion, one Strikeforce champion, one DREAM and ONE FC champion, one WSOF champion, and a few all-around badasses.
Again, that’s not a cherry-picked account of the best bodies Alvarez has anytime fought. That’s aloof the accomplished 10. It’s artlessly archival order.
Wanna go aback further? Fine, again you get added fights with Chandler and Aoki, both of whom were awful ranked lightweights aback Alvarez met them. You additionally get guys like Tatsuya Kawajiri and Joachim Hansen, who were some of the best lightweights alfresco the UFC aback aback Alvarez was disturbing it up in DREAM.
He fought his way to the finals of the DREAM failing admirable prix. He won the aboriginal Bellator failing tournament. He took on Bellator in cloister (there’s one action best fighters duck), and aback he assuredly got to the UFC he got absolutely aught accessible fights.
Want to allege addition of actuality afraid to face a boxy opponent? Eddie. Alvarez. Is. Not. The. One.
But still, didn’t he aloof accept to bath the Poirier rematch? Yes he did. According to Alvarez, he ducked it to drillmaster “The Ultimate Fighter” instead. And again to action his opposing drillmaster Gaethje at the end. As in, the aforementioned Gaethje who Poirier aloof exhausted for one of the better wins of his career.
If you anticipate opting for a action with a animal woodchipper like Gaethje is anybody’s abstraction of an accessible night of work, by all means, footfall in there yourself and acquisition out. But for a prizefighter attractive to aerate his acknowledgment and his earning potential, it’s absolutely a action that makes a lot of sense.
Put it addition way: If Alvarez’s resume to this point hasn’t assertive you that he brand to action and isn’t afraid of a boxy night in the cage, what would it take? How would one added action with Poirier prove article that the aftermost 15 years haven’t?
While you’re abstruse over that question, you ability as able-bodied go advanced and acknowledgment Alvarez’s added one: Who abroad has done it like him?
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