Edward “Eddie” Alvarez is undoubtedly an American mixed martial artist. Alvarez would be the two-time and former Bellator Lightweight Champion. He currently competes within the UFC. He has also competed for that Japanese DREAM promotion, where he made his name of their inaugural Lightweight Grand Prix and in addition fought once for ProElite’s EliteXC promotion. Alvarez is ranked the #8 Lightweight from the world by Sherdog
Of Puerto Rican and Irish descent, Alvarez was created and raised in Kensington, Philadelphia, an approximate neighborhood which has a reputation for violent crimes as well as an abundance of street narcotics. Alvarez competed in wrestling at Northeast Catholic High School where he would be a two-time National Prep All-American, and placed sixth in 2000 and 2001 for the National Prep School Wrestling Championships inside the 145 lb weight class. After senior high school, Alvarez immediately pursued an expert career in MMA along with his first fight coming only for eight months of formal training.
Mixed fighting techinques career
Alvarez won the MFC Welterweight Championship in the seventh professional fight in June 2006 when he defeated Derrick Noble via KO at merely 1:01 from the first round. The MFC Welterweight Championship would later be re-branded the BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship.
In spite on the fact that many insiders didn’t view 170 pounds to get Alvarez’s best competitive fighting weight, he continued to combat larger opponents while he relished the process of testing his mettle against bigger fighters. At Bodog Fight’s “Clash on the Nations” cpv in Russia on April 14, 2007, Alvarez’s size disadvantage can be exposed, when he suffered his first career loss when he was TKO’d by UFC veteran Nick Thompson at 4:32 into round 2.
After determining to leave Bodog, Alvarez quickly found a brand new home in EliteXC where he competed within their 160 pound division against Ross Ebanez, winning by TKO.
A couple weeks prior to your first event, it turned out announced the upstart Japanese promotion DREAM, started from the minds behind PRIDE FC and K-1 had signed Alvarez to compete inside their 154 pound grand prix.
His initial fight was against Andre Amade, another potent striker, hailing on the notorious Chute Boxe Academy. During the struggle, Alvarez was dropped by a powerful right hand, but could recover and employ his superior wrestling skills to gain a TKO on account of strikes from mount late from the first round.
Alvarez advanced towards the second round from the tournament where he defeated top ranked Lightweight fighter Joachim Hansen on May 11, 2008 by unanimous decision inside an exciting fight. Hansen, who had been known for his chance to take a punch, was dropped twice from the fight and dazed numerous sometimes by Alvarez’s strikes.
In his fight in the Dream 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round, Alvarez knocked out top ranked Lightweight fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri within the tournament’s semi-finals. The fight was awarded Fight on the Year by Sherdog for 2008. However, he was can not advance inside tournament as a result of a cut and severe swelling under his right eye. Alvarez’s replacement was Joachim Hansen, whom he defeated 2 months earlier. Hansen took to win the tournament and capture the DREAM lightweight title.
Alvarez was scheduled to manage UFC and PRIDE veteran Nick Diaz for that EliteXC 160 pound title on November 8, 2008. but that fight was scrapped when EliteXC’s parent ProElite closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. On New Year’s Eve 2008 Alvarez battled Shinya Aoki at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008, losing by submission inside first round. He has since been signed with an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Alvarez entered Bellator’s lightweight tournament at Bellator’s inaugural event on April 3, 2009. He conducted Greg Loughran, who landed a left hook which caused Alvarez to buckle his legs. Alvarez survived, however, and submitted Loughran using a guillotine choke. His next fight on the tournament’s semi-finals occurred four weeks later at Bellator 5, against Eric Reynolds. After managing the bout for a few rounds, Alvarez used a rear-naked choke to submit Reynolds within the third.
Alvarez advanced to your lightweight tournament’s finals, which was held at Bellator 12 on June 19, 2009. He fought and defeated Toby Imada, by using a rear naked choke submission early inside second round, to be Bellator’s original lightweight champion.
Alvarez faced Josh Neer in the non-title “Super fight” on May 6, 2010 at Bellator 17 through which he showed great wrestling and standup to be to defeat Neer by using rear-naked choke at 2:08 of round 2 as being the choke was well sunk in Neer would distribute from hypoxemia.
Alvarez was supposed to combat the Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Winner Pat Curran within a defense of his title, but his opponent was pulled through the card on account of an injury as part of his right shoulder. He instead faced Roger Huerta at Bellator 33 held within his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He won the struggle via TKO (doctor stoppage) relating to the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Alvarez has publicly stated he wants his next fight to become against current Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, Gilbert Melendez.
Alvarez defeated Pat Curran on April 2, 2011 via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) to secure the Bellator Lightweight Championship at Bellator 39.
Alvarez faced Michael Chandler on November 19, 2011 at Bellator 58 using what was called by many publications since the ‘2011 Fight from the Year’. He was defeated by Chandler by rear naked choke within the fourth round. Chandler were only available in very aggressive from the first round, nearly finishing Alvarez. In the third round, Alvarez landed many shots,one inch particular stunning Chandler. The last round, Chandler caught Alvarez using a right hand but happened to be on top before you take Alvarez’s back and locking inside choke forcing the tap.
Alvarez faced Shinya Aoki in the rematch at Bellator 66. He won your dream via TKO inside the first round after dropping Aoki and finishing him with ground and pound.
Alvarez faced Patricky Freire at Bellator 76, and defeated Freire inside the first round via KO. This was a final fight on Alvarez’s contract with Bellator and that he passed the organization’s contractual duration of exclusive negotiation. Alvarez agreed upon principle to a brand new contract with all the UFC, reportedly including a share of pay-per-view revenue as well as show and win money. Bellator, however, invoked a clause within the original contract to fit the UFC’s offer and re-sign Alvarez, matching the show and win purse and alleging that this pay-per-view cut inside UFC’s offer to get strictly hypothetical. Alvarez with his fantastic management have since filed two lawsuits against Bellator.
On August 13, 2013, that it was announced that Alvarez and Bellator had reached a legal contract regarding his contract status. Alvarez faced Michael Chandler on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106. He won via split decision inside a close fight for being the Bellator Lightweight Champion to the second time. Much like the very first time that they met, Alvarez and Chandler engaged in another highly praised, backwards and forwards battle. In the early rounds, Alvarez’s jab and punching combinations found their house, damaging the left eye of Chandler, while Chandler surely could land multiple remove attempts and slams, and threatened a rear naked choke. The third round saw Eddie land by crisp combinations. In the fourth round, Chandler landed a flying knee and many brutal ground and pound which hurt Eddie. By the fifth round, both fighters were busted up and bleeding badly. Chandler caught Alvarez within a neck crank, but Alvarez escaped and nearly finished the battle two times with rear-naked choke attempts. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney called the battle the best he’d experienced. The decision has not been without some controversy, with several media outlets scoring the battle for Chandler.
Rebney stated inside post fight press conference the two will come across again in a very rubber match, possibly on pay-per-view, if they both have recuperated. A third fight with Michael Chandler was set up to the main event of Bellator 120 on May 17, 2014. However, each week before the struggle, it turned out announced that Alvarez had suffered a concussion and was made to pull out from the fight.
In August 2014, new Bellator MMA president Scott Coker announced that Alvarez ended up being released from his contract with all the promotion