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Eddie Alvarez

Born January 11, 1984 (1984-01-11) (age 26)
Kensington, Philadelphia
Other names The Silent Assassin[1]

American Knuckle Star[2]

Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Style Boxing, Wrestling
Fighting out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Team Fight Factory
MMA record
Total 21
Wins 19
By knockout 11
By submission 5
Losses 2

Eddie Alvarez is an American mixed martial arts fighter, and current Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight champion. Sherdog.com ranks Alvarez as the #3 lightweight in the world.[3] Alvarez also competes for the Japanese DREAM promotion, and used to fight for ProElite's EliteXC promotion.

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Biography

Of Puerto Rican and Spanish descent,[4] Alvarez was born and raised in Kensington, Philadelphia, a rough neighborhood with a reputation for violent crime and an abundance of street narcotics.[5]

Known in MMA for his boxing prowess, Alvarez was a wrestler at Northeast Catholic High School.[5] After high school, Alvarez immediately pursued a professional career in MMA with his first fight coming after only eight months of formal training.

Alvarez utilized the financial success to move his family out of Kensington and into Northeast Philadelphia following the birth of his first son, Eddie Jr.[6]

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Mixed martial arts career

Alvarez won the MFC welterweight title in his seventh pro fight in June 2006 when he KO'd Derrick Noble just 1:01 into round 1. The MFC welterweight title would later be re-branded the BodogFIGHT welterweight title.[5]

In spite of the fact that many insiders didn't view 170 pounds to be Alvarez's best competitive fighting weight, he continued to fight larger opponents because he relished the challenge of testing his mettle against bigger fighters.[7] At Bodog Fight's "Clash of the Nations" pay per view in Russia on April 14, 2007, Alvarez's size disadvantage would be exposed, as he suffered his first career loss when he was TKO'd against UFC veteran Nick Thompson at 4:32 into round 2.

After deciding to leave Bodog, Alvarez quickly found a new home in EliteXC where he competed in their 160 pound division against Ross Ebanez, winning by TKO.[8]

A few weeks prior to the first event, it was announced that the upstart Japanese promotion DREAM, started by the minds behind PRIDE FC and K-1 had signed Alvarez to compete in their 154 pound grand prix.

His initial fight was against Andre Amade, another potent striker, hailing from the notorious Chute Boxe Academy. During the fight, Alvarez was dropped by a strong right hand, but was able to recover and use his superior wrestling skills to score a TKO due to strikes from mount late in the first round.[9]

Alvarez advanced to the second round of the tournament where he defeated top ranked lightweight fighter Joachim Hansen on May 11, 2008 by unanimous decision in an exciting fight. Hansen, who was known for his ability to take a punch, was dropped twice in the fight and dazed numerous other times by Alvarez's strikes.[10]

In his fight at DREAM.5, Alvarez knocked out top ranked lightweight fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri in the tournament's semi-finals. The fight was awarded Fight of the Year by Sherdog for 2008. However, he was unable to advance in the tournament due to a cut and severe swelling under his right eye. Alvarez's replacement was none other than the man he defeated two months earlier, Joachim Hansen. Hansen went on to win the tournament and capture the DREAM lightweight title.

Alvarez was scheduled to face UFC and PRIDE veteran Nick Diaz for the EliteXC 160 pound title on November 8, 2008.[11] but that fight was scrapped when EliteXC's parent ProElite closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. On New Year's Eve 2008 Alvarez fought against Shinya Aoki at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 , losing by submission in the first round. He has since been signed to an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships.[12]

Alvarez most recently defeated Katsunori Kikuno at Dream 12 via second round submission (arm triangle choke).

Bellator Fighting Championships

Alvarez entered Bellator's lightweight tournament at Bellator's inaugural event on April 3, 2009. He fought against Greg Loughran, who landed a left hook which caused Alvarez to buckle his legs. Alvarez survived, however, and submitted Loughran with a guillotine choke.[13] His next fight at the tournament's semi-finals took place four weeks later at Bellator V, against Eric Reynolds. After controlling the bout for two rounds, Alvarez used a rear naked choke to submit Reynolds in the third.[14]

Alvarez advanced to the lightweight tournament's finals, which took place at Bellator XII on June 19, 2009. He fought and defeated Toby Imada, via a rear naked choke submission early in the second round, to become Bellator's first ever lightweight champion.[15]

Alvarez is set to face Josh Neer in a non-title fight in may [16]

Fight history

Mixed martial arts record

Record Opponent Method Round Time Event Location Date Notes
United States Josh Neer Bellator 17 Boston, Massachusetts, USA 02010-05-06 May 6, 2010 Catchweight (160 lbs) bout
Win (19-2) Japan Katsunori Kikuno Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) 2 3:42 DREAM.12 Cage of the Rising Sun Osaka, Japan, JPN 02009-10-26 October 26, 2009
Win (18-2) United States Toby Imada Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2 0:38 Bellator 12 Hollywood, Florida, USA 02009-06-19 June 19, 2009 Final Round of Bellator Lightweight Tournament. Becomes Bellator Season One Lightweight Champion.
Win (17-2) United States Eric Reynolds Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 3 1:30 Bellator 5 Dayton, Ohio, USA 02009-05-01 May 1, 2009 Second Round of Bellator Lightweight Tournament
Win (16-2) United Kingdom Greg Loughran Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 2:44 Bellator 1 Hollywood, Florida, USA 02009-04-03 April 3, 2009 First Round of Bellator Lightweight Tournament
Loss (15-2) Japan Shinya Aoki Submission (Heel Hook) 1 1:32 Dynamite!! 2008 Saitama, Japan 02008-12-31 December 31, 2008 For WAMMA Lightweight Championship
Win (15-1) Japan Tatsuya Kawajiri TKO (Punches) 1 7:35 DREAM.5 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round Osaka, Japan 02008-07-21 July 21, 2008 Semifinal of DREAM Lightweight Grandprix, suffered eye injury and was pulled from Final

Sherdog 2008 Fight of the Year [2]

Win (14-1) Norway Joachim Hansen Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00 DREAM.3 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round Saitama, Japan 02008-05-11 May 11, 2008 Quarterfinal of DREAM Lightweight Grandprix
Win (13-1) Brazil Andre Amade TKO (Punches) 1 6:47 DREAM.1 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 First Round Saitama, Japan 02008-03-15 March 15, 2008 Opening Round of DREAM Lightweight Grandprix
Win (12-1) United States Ross Ebanez KO (Punches) 2 2:32 ShoXC Elite Challenger Series Atlantic City, NJ, USA 02008-01-21 January 21, 2008 165 lb Catchweight
Win (11-1) United States Matt Lee Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 Bodog Fight: Alvarez vs. Lee Trenton, NJ, USA 02007-07-14 July 14, 2007
Loss (10-1) United States Nick Thompson TKO (Strikes) 2 4:32 BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations St. Petersburg, Russia 02007-04-14 April 14, 2007 Lost BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship
Win (10-0) United States Scott Henze TKO (Corner Stoppage) 1 4:13 Bodog Fight: Season 3 "Costa Rica" Costa Rica 02007-02-16 February 16, 2007
Win (9-0) United States Aaron Riley KO (Punches) 1 1:05 Bodog Fight: USA vs. Russia Vancouver, Canada 02006-12-02 December 2, 2006 Won BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship
Win (8-0) Japan Hidenobu Koike TKO (Punches) 1 1:26 GCM: Mars New Deal Tokyo, Japan 02006-08-26 August 26, 2006
Win (7-0) United States Derrick Noble KO (Punches) 1 1:01 MFC 7: Russia vs. USA Atlantic City, NJ, USA 02006-06-03 June 3, 2006
Win (6-0) Japan Daisuke Hanazawa TKO (Strikes) 1 4:00 MFC 5: USA vs. Japan Atlantic City, NJ, USA 02005-11-05 November 5, 2005
Win (5-0) Russia Danila Veselov TKO (Punches) 2 2:15 MFC 4: Russia vs. USA 2 Atlantic City, NJ, USA 02005-05-14 May 14, 2005
Win (4-0) Japan Seichi Ikemoto TKO (Punches) 2 4:25 MFC 3: USA vs. the World Atlantic City, NJ, USA 02005-02-26 February 26, 2005
Win (3-0) United States Chris Schlesinger Submission (Punches) 1 1:00 Reality Fighting 7 Atlantic City, NJ, USA 02004-10-16 October 16, 2004
Win (2-0) United States Adam Fearon Submission (Strikes) 1 2:06 Ring of Combat 6 Elizabeth, NJ, USA 02004-04-24 April 24, 2004
Win (1-0) United States Anthony Ladonna KO (Punch) 1 3:57 Ring of Combat 5 Elizabeth, NJ, USA 02003-12-14 December 14, 2003

References

  1. ^ Snerer, Ariel (2008-12-22). "Aoki vs. Alvarez Will Be A War". www.thefightnetwork.com. http://www.thefightnetwork.com/blog/post/2461/aoki_vs_alvarez_will_be_a_war. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  2. ^ Loiseleur, Tony (2008-11-01). "The Crusher Project". http://www.sherdog.com/. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/The-Crusher-Project-14998. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  3. ^ Sherdog.com. "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/6/Sherdog-Official-Mixed-Martial-Arts-Rankings-18558. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  4. ^ MMA Weekly - EDDIE ALVAREZ GEARING UP FOR ESPN-BELLATOR
  5. ^ a b c d e bellator.com. "Eddie Alvarez". bellator.com. http://www.bellator.com/fighters/Lightweight-(155-lbs-2E)/Eddie-Alvarez/details.html. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  6. ^ Crawford, Ryan (2009-04-07). "Eddie Alvarez Said Knock You Out". Philadelphia Weekly. http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/cover-story/Punch-Drunk-Love-42618222.html. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  7. ^ Breen, Jordan (2007-07-13). "Alvarez Would've Boo’d Santa Claus, Too". sherdog.com. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/alvarez-wouldve-bood-santa-claus-too-8253. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  8. ^ Hall, Joe (2008-01-26). "Alvarez and Daley Shine in ShoXC". sherdog.com. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/alvarez-and-daley-shine-in-shoxc-10994. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  9. ^ Nowe, Jason (2008-03-15). "Aoki-JZ Ruled No Contest, Six Others Advance". sherdog.com. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/2/Aoki-JZ-Ruled-No-Contest-Six-Others-Advance-11827. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  10. ^ Sherdog.com. "Post-Dream Notebook". Sherdog.com. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles.asp?n_id=12714. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  11. ^ "EDDIE ALVAREZ VS NICK DIAZ FOR ELITEXC GOLD - MMA WEEKLY - Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more". Mma Weekly. http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=7251&zoneid=13. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  12. ^ bellator.com (2009-02-02). "Bellator Fighting Championships Signs Eddie Alvarez, One of the World's Best". bellator.com. http://www.bellator.com/news/111-eddie-alvarez-press-release.html. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  13. ^ "Bellator Fight Results: Eddie Alvarez vs. Greg Loughran". www.bellator.com. http://blog.bellator.com/blog/2009/04/eddie-alvarez-vs-greg-loughran.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  14. ^ "Bellator Fightighting Championship: Eric Reynolds vs. Eddie Alvarez". www.bellator.com. http://blog.bellator.com/2009/05/eric-reynolds-vs-eddie-alvarez.html. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  15. ^ "Bellator Fightighting Championship: Eddie Alvarez vs. Toby Imada". www.bellator.com. http://blog.bellator.com/2009/06/eddie-alvarez-vs-toby-imada.html. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  16. ^ http://mmafrenzy.com/13226/bellator-champ-eddie-alvarez-vs-josh-neer-super-fight-set-for-may/
  17. ^ Jack Encarnacao. "Philadelphia's Love". The Fight Network. http://www.mmafanatics.com/news/article/?nid={DF5E585B-8F0C-45DB-8C7B-955C2231CBC0}. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 

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