Eddie Alvarez has arrived in the UFC with more fanfare and hype than most Octagon newcomers, and his opponent on Saturday night evidently understands why.
At UFC 178, Alvarez will make his promotional debut versus Donald Cerrone, who is the organization’s #5 ranked lightweight. While the latter believes the former Bellator champ will do some big things in the UFC, Cerrone doesn’t think Alvarez will do them on September 27th.
While speaking to UFC.com recently about this weekend’s bout, Cerrone stated:
“I hope he comes over the UFC and does very well,” Cerrone said. “Unfortunately, I don’t think he can come over and do very well against me. But I think he’s going to make some waves, man. Eddie is a good guy and I think he’s going to do pretty good in the UFC. Unfortunately he has to make his debut against me and it’s going to be a great fight. I can’t wait. I guarantee this is going to be a fight. I like fighting people like that who don’t back down, stay in the pocket and throw down. That’s what everyone wants to see and I’m always going to show up to give that to them.”
How about that for a compliment, and yet at the same time, a prediction of pending defeat…
If you haven’t seen Alvarez fight (which is a damn shame, particularly since that means you didn’t see Alvarez-Chandler I or II), what you need to know is that he’s an extremely rugged, aggressive and well rounded fighter.
Since the same can be said about Cerrone, then you can understand why hardcore fans are expecting a barn burner on Saturday night.
“Don’t blink, because it’s going to be fast-paced and action packed,” Cerrone furthered. “The only thing I wish was different about this fight is that it would be five rounds, but other than that, I’m looking forward to going out there and having some fun.”
It’s definitely one of the more promising and important fights scheduled for UFC 178. If Cerrone wins, then his title shot run will nearly be complete; if he wins impressively, he could be tapped to fight the winner of Anthony Pettis-Gilbert Melendez.
If it’s Alvarez, on the other hand, then he will have taken out one of the UFC’s top lightweights right out of the gate, and could be conceivably booked for a title shot eliminator.
Alvarez, who hasn’t fought since last November when he earned a split decision over Chandler, is ranked #14 in the UFC’s 155 division. The 30 year-old fighter is 9-1 in his last 10 scraps, and has defeated notable vets like Pat Curran, Roger Huerta, Shinya Aoki as well as Chandler during that time.
UFC 178 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will feature flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson taking on Chris Cariaso.
Other main card bouts scheduled for the night include Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero, Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor and Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki.