Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is happy with holding a reputation for most violent fights in the UFC.
Looking ahead of his fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 218 on December 2nd, Eddie Alvarez saw it as a tussle to determine the “UFC’s most violent man.” After winning the fight via third-round knockout, the former UFC lightweight champion is content with having such a labeling.
“I’m the most violent man in the UFC,” Alvarez said on Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR (transcript via MMAjunkie). “They can take the No. 1, 2 and 3 (ranking). I’ll just take that title, and I’ll keep it. I’ve been crowned.”
“We went in to make a point. My performances in the UFC, I’ve been trying to win. Win, win, win. I’ve been so focused on winning that the performance itself wasn’t showing my true colors. We went in here with just the idea of, ‘Just be as violent as we can.’ The byproduct of that would be a win.”
Alvarez has one fight left in his UFC contract, and as he negotiates for a new one, he only wants bigger match-ups to follow.
“I actually have one fight left with the UFC,” Alvarez said. “I’ve finished all my fights, and I have one fight left on my contract. It’s time to sit down with the boss man and talk about long-term, talk about how we’re going to do this thing and what big, mega-fight we can have coming up.”
Right after UFC 218, 155-pound contender Dustin Poirier called for a rematch against Alvarez, whom he first fought at UFC 211 in May. The fight was ruled a no contest after Alvarez landed illegal knees on Poirier’s head, as the latter was down on the mat.