Lightweight Eddie Alvarez hasn’t come to a decision yet about what organization he’ll be fighting for the next time he takes to the cage, but it looks like he’ll be making up his mind sooner than later. Alvarez had a 90-day exclusive negotiation period attached to his recently-expired deal with Bellator, though it looks like the company lived up to their word by turning him loose to explore other options earlier than necessary.
Alvarez confirmed the matter in a recent conversation with MMAInterviews while in Las Vegas to support his Blackzilian brothers at WSOF 1. While the 28-year old wouldn’t go so far as to say he would be speaking with the UFC while in town, he certainly didn’t deny it either.
“I want to test myself against anyone who is ahead of me. I don’t know what I’m ranked in the rankings right now but I know there are guys ahead of me, and whoever I can fight that’s ahead of me – to up my stock and prove my ability – they are the guys I’m looking to get after,” explained Alvarez when asked about his future.
Considering the bulk of the Top 10 lightweights in MMA call the UFC home, the 24-3 Alvarez’s comments certainly seem to imply the likelihood of him joining the organization’s roster.
Regardless of where he signs, Alvarez should do well considering his past accomplishments in the cage. The former Bellator champion has finished 21 of the opponents he’s beaten and holds wins over the likes of Roger Huerta, Pat Curran, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Josh Neer, and Shinya Aoki.
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