Edward Alvarez is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights for ONE Championship. He formerly competed in the UFC and Bellator MMA, winning world titles in each. He holds notable wins over former world champions Pat Curran, Michael Chandler, Shinya Aoki, Gilbert Melendez, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis, Eduard Folayang and Rafael dos Anjos.
About Eddie Alvarez in brief
Edward Alvarez is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights for ONE Championship. He formerly competed in the UFC and Bellator MMA, winning world titles in each. He holds notable wins over former world champions Pat Curran, Michael Chandler, Shinya Aoki, Gilbert Melendez, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis, Eduard Folayang and Rafael dos Anjos. Fight Matrix ranks him #3 All-Time Lightweight in the world. Alvarez claims to have fought over 100 unsanctioned bouts before starting as a professional fighter. He paid USD 250 for a slot in Ring of Combat 5 to start his professional mixed martial arts career in 2003. Alvarez won the MFC Welterweight Championship in his seventh professional fight in June 2006, when he defeated Derrick Noble via KO at 1: 01 of the first round. In his fight at the Dream 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round, Alvarez knocked out top-ranked Lightweight fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri in the tournament’s semi-finals. He has also competed for the Japanese DREAM promotion, where he fought in their inaugural LightweightGrand Prix. Alvarez also fought once for ProElite’s EliteXC promotion. He is the first fighter to have won championships in both Bellators MMA and the UFC. Alvarez is the son of Louis and Lillian Alvarez, and is of Puerto Rican and Irish descent.
He started boxing at the age of eight under his father and Frank Kubach. He went to Northeast Catholic High School, excelling and becoming a varsity letterman in football, wrestling and track. Alvarez was signed to an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships in 2009. He fought Greg Loughran at Bellator’s inaugural event on April 3, 2009. Alvarez faced Josh Neer in a non-title lightweight fight on June 19, 2009, and defeated him via a rear naked choke early in the second round. He then went on to win the Bellator Lightweight World Championship twice. Alvarez has a younger brother, Albert, who is a former mixed martial artists. He won the UFC Lightweight Championship once and was the UFC’s first Lightweight Champion. He also won the K-1 Dynamite!! Championship in 2008, losing by submission in first round on New Year’s Eve 2008. He was signed by the Japanese promotion DREAM, started by the minds behind PRIDE FC and K- 1, to compete in their 154-pound grand prix. His first fight was against Andre Amade, who hailed from the Chute Boxe Academy. His next fight was at Bodog Fight’s \”Clash of the Nations\” pay per view in Russia on April 14, 2007, as he was TKO’d by UFC veteran Nick Thompson at 4: 32 into round 2.