Although Eddie Alvarez has long been considered one of the planet’s top 155’ers, the fighter recently debuted in the UFC’s lightweight ranks at #14. Some would say that sounds about right. Others would disagree. UFC boss man Dana White, however, is apparently one of the latter.
In the latest edition of “The Download”, which is a weekly interview White does with UFC.com, here is what he had to say about Alvarez’s ranking.
“Holy S**t. I didn’t know that. I think it seems a little low, but you know what? It’s been a bad run for Eddie Alvarez,” White said. “In my opinion, he’s lost a couple of the best years of his career because of what was done to him over there. We’re weeks away from finding out where he sits.”
Now if you’re a “just the UFC” type of fan, then you might not understand why discussing Alvarez’s ranking is even a big deal. After all, the guy hasn’t fought in the UFC yet, which many would agree has the best lightweights in the world.
While that is true, Alvarez has scored wins over several well established vets during his career, including ONE FC champ Shinya Aoki, UFC vets Roger Huerta and Josh Neer, as well as former Bellator champs in Pat Curran and Michael Chandler.
When you look at some of the other lightweights who are ahead of Alvarez in the rankings, one could argue that the talented fighter should be higher. But, as White noted, Alvarez has fought just once since 2012, after being tied up in a legal battle with Bellator.
Of course, if Alvarez can take out Donald Cerrone–who is ranked #5–then folks are really going to be talking about the well travelled vet. So what does White think of the Cerrone-Alvarez match-up?
“I love Cowboy Cerrone. He’s one of my favorite fighters,” White said. “Eddie Alvarez has been waiting for this opportunity for years now, and he’s finally here. I think it’s going to be a very good fight. I would make Eddie the underdog because he’s had a tough run and he’s going in against Cerrone who is on an absolute roll right now. Cerrone seems mentally, emotionally and physical all there – it’s going to be a great fight. It’s going to answer a lot of questions.”
That’s definitely one of the ‘can’t miss’ scraps scheduled for September 27th, right alongside Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor and Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki.
UFC 178 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.