The self proclaimed most violent man in the UFC is at something of a cross roads in his career.
Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (29-6-0) is once again a free agent, having fought the final bout of his contract against Dustin Poirier in Calgary last month and UFC President Dana White would be happy to see “The Underground King” move on if he decided it was The right thing to do at this stage of his career.
Speaking to Jim Norton and Matt Serra on this week’s UFC Unfiltered podcast, White explained that while he’d be happy to keep Alvarez in the UFC, he certainly wouldn’t begrudge him moving on if that was the decision he made.
“I like Eddie Alvarez,” White said. “I like him personally and I like him professionally. He’s at an age now where he needs to make some decisions for his family in what will probably be the last contract that he signs for the rest of his career. You know, I’m going to place, if Eddie wants to go somewhere else then I’m cool with that, but if Eddie wants to stay I’d keep him here too. I told him that. I told him ‘look, if you want to finish your career here with me then I’d like that, and if you want to finish your career elsewhere with someone else, then I have no problem with that either man.”
White went on to explain that as far as the UFC are concerned, they are looking to sign young, hungry fighters who are capable of becoming champions. At 34 years old and with just one win in his last four fights, Alvarez may be better served by looking to cash in with one final bumper contract elsewhere. Should that happen, White says he would completely understand.
“When guys get to the point that it’s the last contract that they will ever sign, I understand,” White said. “At the end of the day, what we’re looking for here are young guys that want to be champions. Young guys that believe they can be a champion in the UFC, or girls. If you feel that you can’t be and if you feel that there’s better decisions you can make at this point in your career for the last contract that you will ever sign, I absolutely understand that.”
While Alvarez undoubtedly still has plenty to offer the sport, the fact remains that following his loss to Poirier he is now some distance away from regaining his spot at the top of the UFC lightweight division.
With 29 wins in 36 professional fights, a record which boasts holding championships in both the UFC and Bellator along with his well earned reputation for putting on entertaining, violent fights, there will likely be no shortage of potential suitors for Alvarez should he choose to explore the market before making a decision regarding his future.