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Eddie Alvarez on Rafael dos Anjos: ‘I beat champions my whole career’

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It is hard not to be impressed by what Eddie Alvarez has done in the fight game.

Despite entering the UFC late in his career, the 14-year veteran has long been considered one of the most talented lightweights in the world, seizing gold in nearly every organization he set foot in. His list of victims stands now as an imposing read, overflowing with championship pedigree with names like Aoki and Chandler to Melendez and Pettis.

But when Alvarez looks at what his next challenge presents, a battle against UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90, he sees an opponent unlike any he has ever faced.

“I think Rafael, out of everyone I’ve fought, is the most complete fighter,” Alvarez said Tuesday on a media conference call. “When I look and watch him fight, it’s hard not to be sort of a fan. He does things quickly, violently. I like the way he fights. It’s the kind of fight that I welcome. I like when guys are aggressive. I like when guys are mean and violent. It gets me excited and it makes me move in ways, always — I always fight up when I fight guys like this, and especially guys who are southpaw.”

For Alvarez, the showdown against dos Anjos is the culmination of an opportunity that, at times, felt like it would never come. Alvarez languished for years as an unhappy resident of the Bjorn Rebney era in Bellator. He tried to jump ship in 2012 to sign a lucrative free agent deal with the UFC, only to end up stuck in litigation with Bellator’s legal team and sidelined for 13 months of his athletic prime.

That uneasy relationship stretched until Aug. 2014, when new Bellator boss Scott Coker granted Alvarez a release from ….View full article

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