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Eddie Alvarez Issues Obligatory Criticism of UFC Fighters

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And then there was one. It’s been almost three weeks since the news broke that Zuffa, LLC. had purchased Strikeforce – this week Our Octagon Overlords allegedly began signing SF fighters to their own airtight contractual arrangements – and it just now dawns on us what this means for Eddie Alvarez. Put simply, the continued Dana-fication of the MMA landscape means Alvarez is the only US-based 155-pound fighter anywhere near the Top 10 (or, hell, Top 20) not currently owned in a roundabout way by Big DW and the Fertitta Bros. God, that must be lonely.

As if on cue, and just a few days before he’s set to put his Bellator title on the line against tournament winner Pat Curran at an event we all keep forgetting about, Alvarez made some fairly stock claims this week to’s Jeff Waggenheim about how a lot of UFC lightweights would be “nobodies” without the promotion’s PR muscle behind them. Boy, we’ve heard this one before, right?

“You’re just mentioning names,” Alvarez responded, when Waggenehim reportedly presented him with kind of an admittedly weird list of the UFC’s ‘top lightweights,’ including Gray Maynard, B.J. Penn, Anthony Pettis, Kenny Florian and Sean Sherk. “And they’re only important names why? Because they fight for the UFC. Or else they’d be nobodies. The UFC does a great job of pushing them, and they’re popular. It doesn’t mean they’re talented. It just means they’re known.”

Alvarez went on …

“I guarantee that if you put (UFC fighters) in a tournament structure like Bellator, they’re not going to win it every time. Gray Maynard? Kenny Florian? All these guys, they’re UFC fighters, that’s all. They’re pushed by the UFC, but when they leave the UFC, they’re forgotten. When’s the last time you heard Josh Neer‘s name? You haven’t. When’s the last time you heard about Roger Hurerta? You haven’t. They’re (nobodies) anymore. What were they two years ago? They were superstars.”

Well, no. Josh Neer was never a superstar, that’s just ridiculous. Alvarez has a point about Huerta, though: “El Matator” was kind of a big deal, until Zuffa decided his head had gotten a little too swole for his myriad of fashionable caps. If anything, Alvarez ought to know what it feels like to toil in relative obscurity. At 21-2, most hardcore fans regard him as one of the sport’s most savage and talented fighters, yet casual hangers-on probably only know him from his appearance on “Bully Beatdown.”

As for the rest of it? Well, we suppose we could make the point that UFC fighters are UFC fighters only because they’re talented and that at this point it’s sort of silly to deny the fact that the Octagon houses most of the best MMA competitors in the world. Well, except for Eddie Alvarez.

Rather than put too much thought into it though, we’ll just go ahead a chalk all this up to the standard ramblings of the non-Zuffa inclined fighter. Someday, Eddie will sign with the UFC or Dana and the boys will just buy Bellator and then he’ll have nothing but nice things to say about the promotional power of the world’s largest MMA promotion. Or else.

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SciaticNervePain- October 19, 2011 at 2:16 am
I agree with RwilsonR: "Eddie Alvarez is only a semi-important name, why? Because he keeps crushing nobodies instead of testing himself against the best."
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LOKI- April 1, 2011 at 5:35 am
...Well honestly, I think Alvarez would wreck fucking house in the UFC 155, Askren...its still to soon to tell about his striking but I'd throw him straight in against Fitch to see where his wrestling really is. Joe Warren is too stupid to get KO'd but he has a Chael Sonnen sized ego and suspect sub defense, either way he is a fun fighter to watch. They have a few other really good fighters but in the grand scheme of things its just a matter of time before Dana feels like carving a new name on his prop tombstone.
Jord- April 1, 2011 at 5:15 am
@Emopinata - I think you missed the sarcasm tags at each end of his comment.
radiobaby- March 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Bellaturd. MTV2 isnt in HD on Directv. Seriously, I have my dignity. I'm not watching C level fights in SD on fucking mtv of all places.
Emopinata- March 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm
@Fried Taco
RIGHT buddy
McKee lost to a SLOUCH and is terrible.
Sorry but even on bad days you gotta perform better than that to be considered good. Hes a joke. Same with Alvarez
dranokills- March 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm
hahaha REX..."Fedor coming to a local basketball gym near you!"
Cup Cheick- March 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm
Bellter? Thought nutin but dat utlimate fightin?
perimeterblack- March 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Mckee the best 55'er...Ha!
djp1988- March 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm
@RwR Truth on Alvarez

@ReX13 I'm pretty sure Bellator is what Kimbo Slice is famous for.
RwilsonR- March 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm
^ Soon enough.
ReX13- March 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm
The fuck are you assholes talking about? that where that Fedor fella fights?
ArmFarmer- March 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm
I think the smartest thing that bellator does is allow anyone to post their vids. I never seem to see any bellator stuff that says it's been removed due to copyright issues. The free advertising they get from youtube videos of inverted triangles and awesome ko's is worth more than any tv spot.
Fried Taco- March 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm
@skeletor McKee is the best 55'er period. If it wasn't for those bad days while in the UFC, he would be champ by now.
RwilsonR- March 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Eddie Alvarez is only a semi-important name, why? Because he keeps crushing nobodies instead of testing himself against the best.
torxxx- March 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm
I hate to say it, but lately the Bellator fights gave been a lot better than UFC ppv fights have been. Bellator is doing it right by having fights every 2 or 3 weeks like the UFC does. they are getting their name out there, so its just a matter of time. DW's had UFC for what 6 or 7 years now to get to where it is.
skeletor- March 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm
You guys forgot about Antonio McKee he's almost definitely the best 55'er not under contract with the UFC.
Dante- March 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm
LOL @ DJP1988
Anhonestmoose- March 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm
None of those regional promotions has a national tv deal (even if it is MTV2). Plus, Bellator is what, two years old? Seems to me they've made some great progress.
Sarij- March 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm
I live in one of those small casino towns in OK. They made some gooood money off hosting these fights!!
sPeLLcHeCkEr- March 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm
When you're a fighter and you've got your eyebrows tweezed-to-hell like Alvarez, you'll think you're just too damn pretty for anyone.
Smokestack- March 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Is Bellator even a strong No. 2 to the UFC? There are a few decent regional promotions that look just as good if not better at times, the MFC for example, in than their broadcasts. This and them going to places like small casino towns in Oklahoma leave me in doubt about them.
djp1988- March 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm
Bellator is the RC Cola of MMA.