Eddie Alvarez recorded one of his most memorable wins to date at UFC 218, and he did so, with only one more fight remaining on his current contract.
Yes, as you surely know, Alvarez battled Justin Gaethje at UFC 218, and ended their war with a vicious knee to the head in round three. Leading up to the fight, everyone knew it had the potential to be one of year’s best scraps, and it certainly lived up to all the hype.
“I actually have one fight left with the UFC,” Alvarez said. “I’ve finished all my fights, and I have one fight left in my contract. It’s time to sit down with the boss man and talk about long-term, talk about how we’re going to do this thing and what big, mega-fight we can have coming up.”
“I’m the most violent man in the UFC. They can take the No. 1, 2 and 3 (ranking). I’ll just take that title, and I’ll keep it. I’ve been crowned. … We went in to make a point. My performances in the UFC, I’ve been trying to win. Win, win, win. I’ve been so focused on winning that the performance itself wasn’t showing my true colors. We went in here with just the idea of, ‘Just be as violent as we can.’ The byproduct of that would be a win.”
When you consider what Alvarez has done in his career – he’s a former UFC and Bellator lightweight champ – it’s not surprising that he wants to sit down, and talk about getting a huge fight. In this respect, the win over Gaethje couldn’t have come at a better time.
Since UFC 218, Dustin Poirier has said he wants to run it back with Alvarez, as a result of the no-contest ruling they had when they fought in May (Poirier was unable to continue after taking an illegal knee to the head). But, based off these comments, one might conclude that Alvarez isn’t thinking about a rematch.
Sure, Alvarez – Poirier II would be eagerly welcomed by hardcore fans, but, it’s probably not the ‘mega-fight’ Alvarez has in mind.