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Diaz/Alvarez Nearly Locked Down For EliteXC Lightweight Title Fight

(Eddie Alvarez celebrates after defeating Joachim Hansen at DREAM 3.)

With KJ Noons stripped of his lightweight strap, EliteXC is trying to establish a new ruler of its 160-pound class, and the front-runners should come as no surprise. As rising star Eddie Alvarez recently told MMA Weekly, “We’re about 90-something percent positive I’ll be fighting Nick Diaz for the EliteXC title at 160.” Bout agreements have yet to be signed, but Alvarez has reportedly inked a new six-fight contract with EliteXC, and is ready to return to the U.S. after an outstanding run as a 154-pounder in DREAM’s lightweight grand prix. “I like 160,” the 23-year-old Philadelphia native said. “I feel like at 160 I’m stronger, I’m faster, I’m not as depleted as I am at 155.”

While competing in Japan this year, Alvarez came out on the winning end of two fight-of-the-year candidates, a wild 15-minute battle with Joachim Hansen at DREAM 3 in May, and an absolute slugfest against Tatsuya Kawajiri in the grand prix semi-finals in July. Unfortunately, an eye injury prevented him from advancing to the finals, and Joachim Hansen was able to take his spot as an alternate and defeat Shinya Aoki to win the tournament. Though a second fight against Hellboy would truly determine who deserves to wear DREAM’s lightweight belt, Alvarez now says that DREAM is behind him

If it comes together, the fight between Alvarez and Nick Diaz would most likely go down at EliteXC’s November 8th event (name and location TBA), which will be broadcast on Showtime.

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yazzer- October 2, 2008 at 4:31 pm
I gotta go with alvarez he beat my boy hansen, glad elite xc saw his talent and sighned him. the UFC needs to start sighning these guys instead of paying bums from the TUF show like two thousand dollars each to put on bumfights.
mayhem420- October 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm
Keep in mind that Nick KO'd Lawler the last time they fought in the UFC.
Although I do agree that he should not be standing and trading punches.
He is a much better ground fighter and should look to take it there.
I just dont think he will.
TheJoker- October 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm
Diaz By repeated Double Middle Fingers... Rd 1
Jugger- October 2, 2008 at 2:37 pm
If Diaz could take Gomi, he can beat Alvarez too. Problem is, Diaz has looked pretty bad in his last few outings. He's always chosen to stand with better strikers (KJ, Gomi and Lawler come to mind) so I do see him doing the same here. Can he weather the storm until his pitter-patter punches wear Alvarez down? Somehow I doubt it.

I just hope Diaz comes out to fight. If I remember correctly he was resorting to butt-scooting when he fought KJ and I was just like, "C'mon Diaz, you're better than this."

Alvarez is no joke. He's on his way up and Diaz has totally plateaued.
justin- October 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm
As much as I love Diaz, I think his stubborn willingness to stand and trade (not to mention his mediocre wrestling) will be his downfall here. Diaz has a solid chin, but Alvarez just hits too hard. Alvarez by bloody TKO in round 2. October 2, 2008 at 1:44 pm
If Diaz couldn't do squat against KJ Noons, I have no idea of how he can possibly handle Alvarez. I'm going to bet ONE TRILLION DOLLARS on Alvarez to win.