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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

The post Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

The post Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

The post Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Eddie Alvarez Signs With ONE Championship

Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, has officially signed with ONE Championship. Founder / CEO Chatri Sityodtong broke the widely-anticipated news with a Facebook post on Tuesday morning.

“Please join me in welcoming Eddie Alvarez to ONE Championship! Eddie is not only one of the greatest lightweights in history, but he is the only athlete ever to win world titles in both UFC and Bellator,” he said. “His goal is to become the only person to win all three major world titles in the largest global promotions in history.”

Alvarez, who holds a professional record of 29-6 (1 NC), is currently ranked No. 4 in the UFC lightweight rankings and boasts wins over the likes of Shinya Aoki, Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Chandler, Anthony Pettis, and Gilbert Melendez, just to name a few.

Alvarez is currently 1-1 against Aoki, who has been promised a lightweight title shot at the ONE Championship event on March 31st in Tokyo, Japan. “The Underground King” was submitted by “Tobikan Judan” in a 2008 fight for the WAMMA belt, but then stopped Aoki in the Bellator cage during their 2012 rematch.

A trilogy fight with Aoki seems like an obvious matchup for the 34 year-old slugger although it remains to be seen whether Alvarez will continue to compete at lightweight, given that ONE Championship has a policy which limits the amount in which fighters are allowed to dehydrate themselves.

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Report: Eddie Alvarez Signing With ONE Championship

The Underground King is leaving the UFC and heading to Asia, according to ESPN.

After weeks of rumors, it sounds like Eddie Alvarez is ready to sign on the dotted line.

Multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN that the former UFC and Bellator champion is leaving the UFC to sign with Asian promotion ONE Championship. Originally reported by MMABrasil’s Tarso Doria, the news is about as close to official as you can get without an official announcement. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong went as far as to tease the reveal earlier this morning:

Of course, the UFC could always field a last second offer that draws fan favorite Alvarez back into the fold. Even at 1-2-1 over his last four fights, Eddie’s value to any promotion lucky enough to have him is clear – to the point where Bellator actually sued to try and keep him from leaving back in 2013.

They only managed to hold onto him for one more fight before Alvarez arrived in the UFC, winning the lightweight title off Rafael dos Anjos in 2016 before losing it in a shocking route to Conor McGregor later that year.

Wars with Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje confirmed that Eddie wasn’t done at the top of the extremely tough lightweight division, but Alvarez decided not to re-sign with the UFC leading into his final fight, preferring to test the waters of free agency. Not even a meeting with Dana White in Philly could get the two parties to agree on financial terms.

Now ONE Championship is picking up one of the most exciting fighters in the world, one with tons of name recognition both with the oldschoolers and the Conor casuals.

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Joel Alvarez, Radu Maxim to Meet at AFL 17

Ansgar Fighting League lightweight champion Joel Alvarez (14-1) of Spain will defend his title at AFL 17 on Nov. 24, against Italy’s Radu Maxim.
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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Edges Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin by Majority Decision

Last September, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin put on an epic fight with wild swings in momentum and drama on the scorecards. While the fight itself was a masterpiece, the controversy surrounding the resulting split draw and puzzling 118-110 nod for Canelo left a dark cloud over an otherwise stellar showing from both men. It was a tough act to follow.
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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Edges Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin by Majority Decision

Last September, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin put on an epic fight with wild swings in momentum and drama on the scorecards. While the fight itself was a masterpiece, the controversy surrounding the resulting split draw and puzzling 118-110 nod for Canelo left a dark cloud over an otherwise stellar showing from both men. It was a tough act to follow.
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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Edges Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin by Majority Decision

Last September, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin put on an epic fight with wild swings in momentum and drama on the scorecards. While the fight itself was a masterpiece, the controversy surrounding the resulting split draw and puzzling 118-110 nod for Canelo left a dark cloud over an otherwise stellar showing from both men. It was a tough act to follow.
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