Eddie Alvarez: UFC fighters are not necessarily better

“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. I guarantee that if you put them 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 Huerta? You haven’t. They’re no ones anymore. What were they two years ago? They were superstars.” - SI.com

Bellator Lightweight Champion will look to prove a point this weekend at Bellator 39, defending his title against the Lightweight Tournament Winner Pat Curran. Alvarez is 21-2 in his Mixed Martial Arts career, losing only to Shinya Aoki and Nick Thomson. The Silent Assassin is currently ranked as #5 Lightweight in the World, according to LowKick.com Community MMA Rankings.

Bellator 39 will take place this Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The event will air LIVE on MTV2, starting at 9p/8c.


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    friendlyfoe

    April 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    This is true in a sense, but what if Bellator gets bought out by Zuffa???

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    GeorgeRuetiger

    April 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I appreciate what he’s trying to do, build his name outside of the UFC, but he also tends to come off as a little delusional when he talks about these issues. If you heard him on the MMA Hour on Monday, he started going off doubting all of the rankings and saying that the only reason most of the ranked guys are ranked is because of the Zuffa machina. Granted, it’s hard to deny that there’s a hype machina there, there have been times the UFC has hyped guys who really weren’t worth it, but he’s trying to make it sound like there are as many elite fighters outside of the UFC as there are within it, which is absolutely ****ing mental.

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    Lowkickdodger

    April 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    It might be true for a few guys, Huerta was def hyped, getting on the cover of magazines cause he looked good. Werdum, hendo, diaz…are doing pretty well since they left the ufc.
    Alvarez might be best LW who knows but he’s not fighting the best cause most of them are in the ufc.

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    Scrappler

    April 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    He kind of makes a good point there. The UFC does a good job hyping up their fighters and making them look like they are the best in the world.

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    mmauk

    April 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I hope people really the point he’s making because he’s right. The UFC do have most of the best fighters. However i’ve always said Jose Aldo shouldn’t be ranked p4p number 3 and i truly believe that if ZUFFA had not bought the WEC he wouldn’t be ranked at no.3 especially by Dana White.

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    japanegro23

    April 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    He’s completely right about what he is saying but most of the best fighters are in the UFC.

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    moots

    April 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Good April fool’s joke, Eddie.

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    MMAMINDSET

    April 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Wait, wait wait…. Josh Neer was a superstar? i missed that.

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    HollywoodKOs

    April 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Then he’ll say the UFC is the best in the World…

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    Jride

    April 2, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Eddie is 100% correct.

    He fought the best Huerta that there ever was and completely smashed him while Maynard took him to a close SPLIT decision.

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    japanegro23

    April 2, 2011 at 3:14 am

    He said Huerta and Neer but there are soooooo many fighters out there that he could have said that could have fit in to what he was trying to say. It’s not like he was sitting down and writing an essay for his answer. A lot of people just assume that because a fighter is in the UFC, he is better than all other fighters in all other orgs but that’s not the case. I definitely think Eddie could beat 70% of the UFC lightweights. Who knows though because he isn’t there.

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    TarrantulaBdawg420

    April 2, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Todd Duffee is just a prime example……Alvarez cant say shit about the lightweights in the UFC though because thats were all the best lightweights are. just because you beat two has beens of the UFC(Huerta & Neer) doesnt meen your better than the UFC!!!!

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    japanegro23

    April 2, 2011 at 5:31 am

    90% is pretty high in my opinion haha but I see what you are trying to say just like I see what Eddie is trying to say. I think both of you are right. Most of the fighters definetely deserve the hype but typically they hype EVERYONE haha! They are trying to sell the fights so I see why the UFC does it.

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    IChokePeople

    April 2, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Only because the UFC has the most fighters.

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    supernaut

    April 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

    that’s why they were released by the UFC because they don’t have IT anymore to stay in the biggest mma promotion.

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    drunkslug

    April 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Think we will ever see Alvarez in the UFC before age starts taking it’s toll? I really, really hope so…

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    MereDictum

    April 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    He’s not helping his cause. He should acknowledge the obvious (that UFC fighters = the hype) and let his performances speak for themselves. He is never gonna make it into the top 3 until and unless he starts fighting top 5 fighters.

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    SHAKEZULA

    April 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    thats what everyone preaches. i dnt like it but it makes sense. still nt true for every “Superstar” in the ufc. u got bout top 5 fighters in each weight class who will live up to their skills no matter where they go. Plus i like how only picked his last two wins who were Neer and Huerta to slander.

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    UFCEXPERT

    April 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Josh Neer was released from the UFC following 2 consecutive losses against NON-CONTENDERS. Only fighter Neer has fought in the UFC worth talking about is Nate diaz, but also lost to him in decision. Roger Huerta also was released due to losing 2 consecutive times to Kenny Florian and Grey Maynard. Where Florian dominated Roger in his prime and won a unanimous decision. BOTH fighters were not even considered top 10 or even on the contenders list during there run in the UFC. So what if Eddie Alvarez beats two UFC fighters that were released from the organization? Why is Alvarez boosting now that hes fought people that was in the UFC? Don’t get me wrong Eddie is a good fighter. but to say that Neer and Huerta were TOP fighters in the UFC is garbage. They had fame based on there personalities. but in the end they got cut. only the ones that are GOOD didn’t get cut. simple as that.

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    azzkika

    April 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Having watched all of Bellator 39s fights, I would say most of their fighters displayed skill sets and cardio and speed that would look equally at home in the UFC. Popular does not instantly = best. Remember when Dana took UFC to fight Pride a few years back? Thats why Dana won’t copromote anymore cause it runs the risk of disproving his mantra that UFC is best.

    The UFC has most of the household names in MMA, but as it still a relatively new sport there is no way to guage the difference from say the UFC to Bellator. I would love to see the likes of Alvarez and Melendez get it on with Edgar and Maynard and Penn. Overeem and Cain or Carwin.

    His point about the rankings being biased is also valid. he is not delusional, those who think there is no bias are delusional IMO.

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