After an eight-fight UFC stint that included a reign as the organization’s 155-pound title holder, the former UFC and Bellator champ, Eddie Alvarez, signed with ONE Championship. However, it seems that Alvarez is not familiar with his new colleagues in the ONE Championship lightweight division.
He hasn’t held a belt in ONE Championship, but he’s determined to do so. The 34-year old Alvarez thinks that joining ONE Championship isn’t just about specific matchups.
It’s about getting the strap. He’s willing to go through the whole division to receive a title shot even though he doesn’t have any idea how long he’ll get there.
Eddie’s Thorough Research
“I’m not entirely familiar (with the ONE Championship lightweight division),” Alvarez told reporters, including MMAjunkie, on a recent media call. “When I’m on Twitter, they put a pullout of possible opponents to fight, and that was kind of the first time I understood who the top contenders there are.
“I study my opponents. Some of them I’m sure I’m going to find out their pets’ names within the next month or so. I kind of do a deep dive into understanding who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are. I’ll know who’s who and what’s what very soon.”
According to MMA Junkie, he intends on getting to work in short order with his ONE Championship debut expected in early 2019. Alvarez is not concerned about the name, but rather what’s in his possession.
One Championship Brass
“My only agenda in ONE is to prove myself against the top lightweights they have,” Alvarez said. “I’m really up for anything. I’m not making the decisions here. I’ll take each opponent one by one. Whether it’s Aoki or whoever the other guys are, the opponent right now is not really my concern. I’m going to get a fight date together, we’re going to think about a fight date and what is going to suit us perfectly to be able to make that adjustment, and we’re going to get a guy in front of us, no matter who it is.
“If you guys look at my resume, I probably haven’t taken an easy fight in – I can’t think of the last time I had an easy fight. I don’t imagine getting an easy fight. I’m going to go over there, I’m going to compete at a high pace and whoever is in front of me, that’s what they’re going to receive.”