News: Eddie Alvarez officially signs with ONE Championship

After months of speculation, ONE Championship have officially announced the signing of former UFC lightweight champion “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez to a multi fight contract.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, was understandably pleased with his capture of the high profile free agent’s signature.

“I am thrilled to announce that multiple-time world champion Eddie Alvarez will be joining ONE Championship on a multiple-bout contract. Eddie is one of the world’s best martial artists in the world, and is no doubt a tremendous addition to the ONE roster. The ONE Championship roster is incredibly deep with talents such as Shinya Aoki, Eduard Folayang, and Amir Khan, among others. I am excited to have Eddie in that mix and to see some amazing matchups and performances. This is no doubt one of the biggest athlete signings in the history of ONE Championship.”

“The Underground King” is a multiple time former world champion and will arrive in ONE looking to add yet another strap to his trophy cabinet in what is likely to be the final stop of his illustrious career.

 

News: Dana White would “absolutely understand” if Eddie Alvarez wanted to sign elsewhere

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.

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Opinion: What Next For The Defeated From UFC Calgary

With a card that could of easily fit under the Main Event at a PPV, UFC Calgary was always going to be an entertaining night of fights and it certainly lived up to the expectations of many. In this article, we will look at who the UFC could match up next for the fighters who failed to get their hands raised on the main card.

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Results: UFC Fight Night – Alvarez vs Poirier 2

Saturday, July 28th 2018 – Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

In the main event, former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez meets fellow lightweight contender Dustin Poirier in an eagerly awaited rematch. The two first clashed at UFC 211 in May 2017, but the fight ended in a no-contest courtesy of an illegal knee from Alvarez.

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Betting Pick: UFC Fight Night – Alvarez vs Poirier 2 Underdog Treble

With UFC Calgary upon us, it is time to stake your pre-fight flutter before sitting back to enjoy the fights. This is a card that can return a lot of bang for your buck if you have a keen eye for underdogs so I’ve broken down my picks for a 3-fight money maker below.

Dustin Ortiz vs. Matheus Nicolau

Dustin Ortiz vs. Matheus Nicolau is in the depths of the prelims, but make no mistake, this should be a competitive and entertaining fight.

Ortiz is coming in on a two-fight win streak against high level competition. He convincingly dismantled Hector Sandoval via decision in August 2017 and subsequently smashed Alexandre Pantoja within 15 seconds in January.

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Spirits are high in the Ortiz camp, but many will ask if he has the talent and technique to break down a dangerous Matheus Nicolau come fight night. With scalps such as John Moraga and Louis Smolka on his resume, Nicolau is considered a rising talent in the division with only one loss to his professional record.

However, the grit and durability, coupled with dynamic wrestling pedigree should be the winning factor for Ortiz. He never tires and is relentless at pushing the pace. If he can keep the forward pressure and avoid the counter from Matheus Nicolau, we could have an underdog payday.

Pick 1: Dustin Ortiz @ 6/4

John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson

In the UFC’s stacked lightweight division, two veteran strikers will clash to see who comes out on top. Both fighters are 33-years-of-age and need to continue winning to stay relevant in the UFC itself, let alone the division.

Always fighting out of a traditional sideways stance, John Makdessi is a skilled kickboxer. He throws lots of feints to keep his opponents guessing and has some good leg kicks too. Having traded wins and losses in recent years, Makdessi hopes to gain some momentum under famed striking coach, Duke Roufus following his recent camp switch.

In previous bouts, Makdessi was unfortunate to be on the losing end of the scorecards against Hawaiian Yancy Medeiros after three good rounds. However, in his most recent performance, he was able to comprehensively outstrike the heavy-handed Abel Trujillo to take the much needed “W”.

Standing across the cage will be English native Ross Pearson. Ross has also struggled to string together wins in his UFC career lately, coming off a terrible losing streak (albeit against good competition). To halt that skid, Pearson was able to win his last fight against Japanese striker, Mizuno Hirota, and looked rejuvenated. We saw Pearson showcase his trademark slips and accurate punches to secure a decision victory. This has lacked in his previous bouts, but the groove seemed to have returned.

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While Pearson doesn’t have the diverse offensive arsenal of Makdessi, his boxing-centric style is certainly effective and crisp. Against highly-touted lightweight contender, Dan Hooker, Pearson won the first round before eventually being caught by a knee from hell in the second. This was the same story when “The Real Deal” clashed with an aggressive kickboxer in Paul Felder. Many thought Pearson would be dismantled, however, Pearson’s boxing fundamentals and slips were perfectly utilised proving he can definitely show up when the odds are against him.

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Although both fighters are the same age, Pearson has the more significant mileage on his body (and chin). That being said, his grit, work rate and athleticism should be enough to catch Makdessi out and stop him before the buzzer.

Pick 2: Pearson @ 13/8

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier

In a highly anticipated rematch, Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez throw down for a chance at a lightweight title shot.

In their first outing back in May 2017, Poirier demonstrated he was the more technical striker, clearly outlanding Alvarez in the first round. After being rocked badly in the second round, Alvarez showcased his trademark Philadelphia iron-will and came back with a vengeance. In my opinion, Poirier looked to have been in desperate trouble before the fight was called off due to an illegal knee.

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Another outing confirmed Alvarez is insanely resolute, while Poirier is an excellent technical striker that is very much hitting his stride. What was also obvious is that whilst both fighters have a solid wrestling base, I think we’re likely to see another standup brawl until one drops to the canvass.

In summary, you can never count Eddie Alvarez out of a fight – especially one that will predominantly be fought standing toe to toe. He is known for pushing the pace unless you detach him from his consciousness.

Whilst Poirier is arguably the better technical brawler, I feel unless he gets Eddie out of there in the opening round, he will struggle with manoeuvring out of reach of Alvarez for the full fight. That means it is a matter of time before he is caught, and with his occasionally questionable chin, it could be a tough night.

Pick 3: Alvarez @ 6/4

Treble @ 16/1 (£10 returns £164.10)

News: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier II confirmed for UFC on Fox 30 in Calgary

Surging lightweight contender Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier will run back his controversial “No Contest” with former division kingpin Eddie Alvarez this July, as a rematch between the exciting pair has been made official for UFC on Fox 30 in Calgary.

Lafayette favorite Poirier has cemented his spot among the elite at 155lbs in his continued winning streak, impressively stopping one time gold holder Anthony Pettis and just last April, picked up a late knockout victory over the rugged Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje to extend his undefeated run to four.

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The two upper echelon challengers initially clashed back at UFC 221, in for the most part before the controversial stoppage, a brutally even sharpshooter contest. Poirier hurt Eddie badly in a wild exchange before “The Underground King” kept his cool and wobbled the former featherweight, sending him reeling back to the Octagon fence, allowing Eddie to secure a double leg. As Poirier looked to walk the fence to get back to his feet, Alvarez landed three knees (two of which were illegal as Poirier was a grounded opponent) with Herb Dean immediately calling a halt to the dramatic match up. A “No Contest” was declared in Texas as both men were rumored to run it back in the future.

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MMA pioneer Alvarez subsequently got back to winning ways after his UFC 205 defeat to Conor McGregor in an absolute barn burner with the game, aforementioned Gaethje. Both men traded huge shots throughout the five round affair with Alvarez ripping to the body on multiple occasions, before a knee in the clinch slumped Justin to the canvas before the fifth round buzzer.

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In brief contention to replace the injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 222, Alvarez was eventually overlooked ahead of Al Iaquinta who lost a decision to the undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Expect fireworks yet again in this one, but let’s hope the score is settled this time.