Eddie Alvarez

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Eddie Alvarez
Eddie Alvarez.jpg
Born (1984-01-11) January 11, 1984 (age 30)
Other names The Silent Assassin
Residence Miami, Florida
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Division Lightweight (155 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Style Boxing, Wrestling
Fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Team Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)
Years active 2003-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 25
By knockout 14
By submission 7
By decision 4
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 2
Notable school(s) Northeast Catholic High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Eddie Alvarez is an American mixed martial artist. Alvarez is the two-time and current Bellator Lightweight Champion. He has also competed for the Japanese DREAM promotion, where he made his name in their inaugural Lightweight Grand Prix. He also fought once for ProElite's EliteXC promotion. Alvarez is currently ranked the #9 lightweight in the world by Sherdog.[1]

Biography[edit]

Of Puerto Rican and Irish descent,[2][3] Alvarez was born and raised in Kensington, Philadelphia, a rough neighborhood with a reputation for violent crimes and an abundance of street narcotics.[4]

Known in MMA for his boxing prowess, Alvarez was a wrestler at Northeast Catholic High School.[4] He was a two-time National Prep All-American, and placed 6th in both 2000 and 2001 at the National Prep School Wrestling Championships in the 145 lb weight class.[5] After high school, Alvarez immediately pursued a professional career in MMA with his first fight coming after only eight months of formal training.

Alvarez utilized the financial success to move his family out of Kensington and into Northeast Philadelphia following the birth of his first son, Eddie Jr.[6]

Alvarez made two appearances on the television show Bully Beatdown on MTV, where he knocked out both of his opponents.[7]

Alvarez in December 2010, opened up the first ever MMA store in Philadelphia, PA. The name of the store is, "The Red Corner" and was located in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia, and has since shut its doors.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Alvarez won the MFC welterweight title in his seventh pro fight in June 2006 when he defeated Derrick Noble via KO at just 1:01 of the first round. The MFC welterweight title would later be re-branded the BodogFIGHT welterweight title.[4]

In spite of the fact that many insiders didn't view 170 pounds to be Alvarez's best competitive fighting weight, he continued to fight larger opponents because he relished the challenge of testing his mettle against bigger fighters.[8] At Bodog Fight's "Clash of the Nations" pay per view in Russia on April 14, 2007, Alvarez's size disadvantage would be exposed, as he suffered his first career loss when he was TKO'd by UFC veteran Nick Thompson at 4:32 into round 2.

After deciding to leave Bodog, Alvarez quickly found a new home in EliteXC where he competed in their 160 pound division against Ross Ebanez, winning by TKO.[9]

A few weeks prior to the first event, it was announced that the upstart Japanese promotion DREAM, started by the minds behind PRIDE FC and K-1 had signed Alvarez to compete in their 154 pound grand prix.

His initial fight was against Andre Amade, another potent striker, hailing from the notorious Chute Boxe Academy. During the fight, Alvarez was dropped by a strong right hand, but was able to recover and use his superior wrestling skills to score a TKO due to strikes from mount late in the first round.[10]

Alvarez advanced to the second round of the tournament where he defeated top ranked lightweight fighter Joachim Hansen on May 11, 2008 by unanimous decision in an exciting fight. Hansen, who was known for his ability to take a punch, was dropped twice in the fight and dazed numerous other times by Alvarez's strikes.[11]

In his fight at DREAM.5, Alvarez knocked out top ranked lightweight fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri in the tournament's semi-finals. The fight was awarded Fight of the Year by Sherdog for 2008. However, he was unable to advance in the tournament due to a cut and severe swelling under his right eye. Alvarez's replacement was Joachim Hansen, whom he defeated two months earlier. Hansen went on to win the tournament and capture the DREAM lightweight title.

Alvarez was scheduled to face UFC and PRIDE veteran Nick Diaz for the EliteXC 160 pound title on November 8, 2008.[12] but that fight was scrapped when EliteXC's parent ProElite closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. On New Year's Eve 2008 Alvarez fought against Shinya Aoki at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008, losing by submission in the first round. He has since been signed to an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships.[13]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Alvarez entered Bellator's lightweight tournament at Bellator's inaugural event on April 3, 2009. He fought against Greg Loughran, who landed a left hook which caused Alvarez to buckle his legs. Alvarez survived, however, and submitted Loughran with a guillotine choke.[14] His next fight at the tournament's semi-finals took place four weeks later at Bellator 5, against Eric Reynolds. After controlling the bout for two rounds, Alvarez used a rear naked choke to submit Reynolds in the third.[15]

Alvarez advanced to the lightweight tournament's finals, which took place at Bellator 12 on June 19, 2009. He fought and defeated Toby Imada, via a rear naked choke submission early in the second round, to become Bellator's first ever lightweight champion.[16]

Alvarez faced Josh Neer in a non-title "Super fight" on May 6, 2010 at Bellator 17 in which he showed great wrestling and standup to go on to defeat Neer by way of rear-naked choke at 2:08 of round 2 as the choke was so well sunk in Neer would pass out from hypoxemia.[17]

Alvarez was supposed to fight the Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Winner Pat Curran in a defense of his title, but his opponent was pulled from the card due to an injury in his right shoulder. He instead faced Roger Huerta at Bellator 33 held in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[18] He won the fight via TKO (doctor stoppage) between the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Alvarez has publicly stated he wants his next fight to be against current Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, Gilbert Melendez.

Alvarez defeated Pat Curran on April 2, 2011 via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) to retain the Bellator Lightweight Championship at Bellator 39.[19]

Alvarez faced Michael Chandler on November 19, 2011 at Bellator 58 in what was called by many publications as the '2011 Fight of the Year'.[20] He was defeated by Chandler by rear naked choke in the fourth round. Chandler came in very aggressive in the first round, nearly finishing Alvarez. In the third round, Alvarez landed many shots,one in particular stunning Chandler. The last round, Chandler caught Alvarez with a right hand and got on top before taking Alvarez's back and locking in the choke forcing the tap.

Alvarez faced Shinya Aoki in a rematch at Bellator 66.[21] He won the fight via TKO in the first round after dropping Aoki and finishing him with ground and pound.

Alvarez faced Patricky Freire at Bellator 76, and defeated Freire in the 1st round via KO. This was the last fight on Alvarez's contract with Bellator and he passed the organization's contractual period of exclusive negotiation. Alvarez agreed on principle to a new contract with the UFC, reportedly including a share of pay-per-view revenue in addition to show and win money. Bellator, however, invoked a clause in the original contract to match the UFC's offer and re-sign Alvarez, matching the show and win purse and alleging that the pay-per-view cut in the UFC's offer to be strictly hypothetical. Alvarez and his management have since filed two lawsuits against Bellator.[22]

On August 13, 2013, it was announced that Alvarez and Bellator had reached an agreement regarding his contract status. Alvarez faced Michael Chandler on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106.[23] He won via split decision in a close fight to become the Bellator Lightweight Champion for the second time. Much like the first time they met, Alvarez and Chandler engaged in another highly praised,[24][25] back and forth battle. In the early rounds, Alvarez's jab and punching combinations found their home, damaging the left eye of Chandler, while Chandler was able to land multiple take down attempts and slams, and threatened a rear naked choke. The third round saw Eddie land with some crisp combinations. In the fourth round, Chandler landed a flying knee and some brutal ground and pound which hurt Eddie. By the fifth round, both fighters were busted up and bleeding badly. Chandler caught Alvarez in a neck crank, but Alvarez escaped and nearly finished the fight two times with rear naked choke attempts. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney called the fight the best he'd ever seen. The decision was not without some controversy, with several media outlets scoring the fight for Chandler.[26]

Rebney stated in the post fight press conference that the two will meet again in a rubber match, possibly on PPV, once they both have recuperated.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • BodogFIGHT
    • BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship (One time; First)
  • Mixed Fighting Championships
    • MFC Welterweight Championship (One time; First; Last)

Amateur wrestling[edit]

  • National Prep School Wrestling Championships
    • National Prep All-American (2000, 2001)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 25–3 Michael Chandler Decision (split) Bellator 106 November 2, 2013 5 5:00 Long Beach, California, United States Won the Bellator Lightweight Championship.
Win 24–3 Patricky Freire KO (head kick & punches) Bellator 76 October 12, 2012 1 4:54 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Win 23–3 Shinya Aoki TKO (punches) Bellator 66 April 20, 2012 1 2:14 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 22–3 Michael Chandler Submission (rear naked choke) Bellator 58 November 19, 2011 4 3:06 Hollywood, Florida, United States Lost the Bellator Lightweight Championship.
Win 22–2 Pat Curran Decision (unanimous) Bellator 39 April 2, 2011 5 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Defended the Bellator Lightweight Championship.
Win 21–2 Roger Huerta TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 33 October 21, 2010 2 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Non-title bout.
Win 20–2 Josh Neer Technical Submission (standing rear naked choke) Bellator 17 May 6, 2010 2 2:08 Boston, Massachusetts, United States 160 lb catchweight bout.
Win 19–2 Katsunori Kikuno Submission (arm triangle choke) Dream 12 October 26, 2009 2 3:42 Osaka, Japan
Win 18–2 Toby Imada Submission (rear naked choke) Bellator 12 June 19, 2009 2 0:38 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Final; Won the Bellator Lightweight Championship.
Win 17–2 Eric Reynolds Submission (rear naked choke) Bellator 5 May 1, 2009 3 1:30 Dayton, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 16–2 Greg Loughran Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 1 April 3, 2009 1 2:44 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 15–2 Shinya Aoki Submission (heel hook) Dynamite!! 2008 December 31, 2008 1 1:32 Saitama, Japan For WAMMA Lightweight Championship.
Win 15–1 Tatsuya Kawajiri TKO (punches) Dream 5 July 21, 2008 1 7:35 Osaka, Japan Dream Lightweight GP Semifinal; Didn't compete in final round due to eye injury.
Win 14–1 Joachim Hansen Decision (unanimous) Dream 3 May 11, 2008 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan Dream Lightweight GP Quarterfinal.
Win 13–1 Andre Amade TKO (punches) Dream 1 March 15, 2008 1 6:47 Saitama, Japan Dream Lightweight GP Opening Round.
Win 12–1 Ross Ebañez KO (punches) ShoXC#January 25, 2008 card January 25, 2008 2 2:32 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 165 lb catchweight bout.
Win 11–1 Matt Lee Decision (unanimous) BodogFIGHT: Alvarez vs. Lee July 14, 2007 3 5:00 Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Loss 10–1 Nick Thompson TKO (punches) BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations April 14, 2007 2 4:32 Saint Petersburg, Russia Lost BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Scott Henze TKO (corner stoppage) BodogFIGHT: Costa Rica combat February 16, 2007 1 4:13 San José, Costa Rica
Win 9–0 Aaron Riley KO (punches) BodogFIGHT: USA vs. Russia December 2, 2006 1 1:05 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Won MFC Welterweight Championship; later promoted to BodogFIGHT Welterweight Champion.
Win 8–0 Hidenobu Koike TKO (punches) MARS 4: New Deal August 26, 2006 1 1:26 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–0 Derrick Noble KO (punches) MFC: Russia vs. USA June 3, 2006 1 1:01 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–0 Daisuke Hanazawa TKO (punches) Euphoria: USA vs. Japan November 5, 2005 1 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 Danil Veselov TKO (punches) Euphoria: USA vs. Russia May 14, 2005 2 2:15 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Seichi Ikemoto TKO (punches) Euphoria: USA vs. The World February 26, 2005 2 4:25 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Chris Schlesinger Submission (punches) Reality Fighting 7 October 16, 2004 1 1:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Adam Fearon Submission (punches) Ring of Combat 6 April 24, 2004 1 2:06 Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Anthony Ladonna KO (punch) Ring of Combat 5 December 14, 2003 1 3:57 Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. March 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ MMA Weekly - EDDIE ALVAREZ GEARING UP FOR ESPN-BELLATOR Archived 23 July 2009 at WebCite
  3. ^ https://www.twitter.com/EdAlvarezFight/status/27738558768881665
  4. ^ a b c bellator.com. "Eddie Alvarez". bellator.com. Retrieved 2009-07-16. [dead link]
  5. ^ "National Prep School Wrestling Championships @ Lehigh University – INDIVIDUAL RECORDS". 
  6. ^ Crawford, Ryan (2009-04-07). "Eddie Alvarez Said Knock You Out". Philadelphia Weekly. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  7. ^ "Eddie Alvarez Bashes Up Bully On "Bully Beatdown"". Thaindian News. 
  8. ^ Breen, Jordan (2007-07-13). "Alvarez Would've Boo’d Santa Claus, Too". sherdog.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  9. ^ Hall, Joe (2008-01-26). "Alvarez and Daley Shine in ShoXC". sherdog.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  10. ^ Nowe, Jason (2008-03-15). "Aoki-JZ Ruled No Contest, Six Others Advance". sherdog.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  11. ^ Sherdog.com. "Post-Dream Notebook". Sherdog.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  12. ^ "EDDIE ALVAREZ VS NICK DIAZ FOR ELITEXC GOLD". MMAWeekly.com. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  13. ^ bellator.com (2009-02-02). "Bellator Fighting Championships Signs Eddie Alvarez, One of the World's Best". bellator.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  14. ^ "Bellator Fight Results: Eddie Alvarez vs. Greg Loughran". www.bellator.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  15. ^ "Bellator Fightighting Championship: Eric Reynolds vs. Eddie Alvarez". www.bellator.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  16. ^ "Bellator Fightighting Championship: Eddie Alvarez vs. Toby Imada". www.bellator.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  17. ^ "Eddie Alvarez puts Neer to sleep with choke at Bellator 17". USA Today. 2010-05-06. 
  18. ^ Matt Erickson. "Roger Huerta Meets Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 33 in Philadelphia". MMA Fighting. 
  19. ^ "Eddie Alvarez vs. Pat Curran title fight headlines Bellator 39". mmajunkie.com. 2011-02-17. 
  20. ^ "Champ Eddie Alvarez meets Michael Chandler at November's Bellator 58". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-10-13. 
  21. ^ "Bellator 66 - IX Center, Cleveland, OH". Bellator Fighting Championships. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Eddie Alvarez and Bellator mend fences, book Michael Chandler rematch for PPV". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  23. ^ http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/11/bellator-106-resultsphotos-michael-chandler-vs-eddie-alvarez
  24. ^ http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/11/3/5059806/bellator-106-in-tweets-pros-react-to-alvarez-vs-chandler-newton-vs
  25. ^ http://mmadecisions.com/decision/4649/Eddie-Alvarez-vs-Michael-Chandler

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