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Morning Report: Eddie Alvarez: ‘I don’t believe in over-training’

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UFC lightweight title challenger Eddie Alvarez says he trained over 150 live sparring rounds for his fight with Rafael dos Anjos and that he doesn’t believe in the consequences of over-training.

Thursday, Eddie Alvarez will attempt to make history by becoming the first fighter to win both UFC and Bellator gold when he challenges reigning UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. This past weekend, Alvarez spoke with Bas Rutten and Mauro Ranallo on Inside MMA about his upcoming fight with RDA and how he matches up with the champion.

“I think he’s overly aggressive. That works against guys who have the ability to be bullied and who won’t fight back. I think that’s the wrong approach to go about this fight with. If he does that and decides to go that route, I think he’s gonna bring the dog out in me and this could end up being bad.”

That “dog” Alvarez mentions has been mostly caged since his arrival in the UFC. Alvarez came to the UFC in the fall of 2014 as the biggest free agent signing for the promotion since Mirko Cro Cop. Alvarez was the Bellator lightweight champion and had built his name off of an all action, fan friendly fighting style, but his arrival was stunted when he lost his first fight in the promotion to Donald Cerrone. Since then he has beaten Gilbert Melendez and the suddenly reeling Anthony Pettis in two lackluster, clinch heavy split decisions. The exciting style he is known for has mostly been absent, something he says is intentional.

“It’s the art of deception. I can’t ever let no one peg me or tell me what I am. It’s important to always be changing, always bringing a different game plan, always surprising your opponents. I’m ….View full article

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