Eddie Alvarez is the self-proclaimed “most violent man” in mixed martial arts. He is currently ranked number 3 in UFC’s lightweight division and is a former lightweight champion. Alvarez is also a former Bodog FIGHT welterweight champion and a two-time champion of the Bellator Fighting Championships.
Nicknamed the “Underground King”, Alvarez was born and raised in Kensington, Philadelphia - in a neighborhood filled with violence and crime where he began street fighting. He trained in wrestling when he was in high school and become a two-time National Prep All-American. After he graduated, he only trained formally for 8 months before pursuing a professional career in mixed martial arts.
This American fighter debuted in December 2003 overpowering his opponent, Anthony Ladonna, with a knockout in round one. He won his next nine fights, most of which were by knockout. In December 2006, he won over Aaron Riley by KO to win the BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship. Despite his winning efforts, he lost this title to Nick Thomson in April 2007 after the latter’s strikes knocked him out round two.
After he left Bodog, he continued to compete in MMA, this time, for ProElite’s EliteXC promotion and DREAM of Japan, where he won his four matches. In December 2008, he sought the WAMMA Lightweight Championship but Shinya Aoiki stood in his way using a heel hook to force Alvarez to submission. In 2009, he competed in the Bellator and in June of that year, he won the final round of the event by defeating Tobby Imada to become the Bellator Season One Lightweight Champion.
Alvarez won the UFC Lightweight championship by facing Rafael dos Anjos on July 7, 2016. He then fought with Conor McGregor on November 12, 2016 to defend his title but ultimately lost in the second round via TKO.