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Eddie Alvarez: ‘Being a UFC fighter doesn’t mean they’re talented’

If you have yet to witness the Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez perform, you are missing out on one of the most entertaining men in the sport today. Easily a top lightweight in the world, Alvarez walks through top tier opponents in the Bellator promotions with ease. Of course this always leaves the question, would he be as dominant against UFC and Strikeforce lightweights? Alvarez told SI.com recently that he felt the fighters on the other side of the fence may be overrated by the marketing machine that is the UFC.

“…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.

 

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  • Thesowabrothers says:

    Wow, what a ridiculous thing for Alvarez to say. Just because a guy doesn’t fight in the UFC doesn’t make him a “nobody.” I still here about Huerta and Neer a lot because I follow Bellator, they’re great fighters but they don’t fight the best competition in the world. The UFC has the most top tier fighters of any organization bar none. Alvarez is just comfortable being the big fish in a little pond, and by his own logic, a nobody. Eddie, C’mon man!

  • Psternitzke says:

    the reason Roger huerta isnt in the ufc any more is because he was cut for losing. Alvarez is one of the best lightweights in the world. but how can he say guys in the UFC arent talented. frankie edgar, gray manard, jim miller, clay guida, anthoney pettis, ben henderson, kenny florian, ect. so untill alverez steps in with the big boys and stops fighting against average bellator fighters, he needs to shut the f*ck up.

  • jonny says:

    Alvarez is bottom half top 10 lightweight!!! Clay Guida would beat him haha!!!!

  • jonny says:

    Alvarez is bottom half top 10 lightweight!!! Clay Guida would beat him haha!!!!

  • jonny says:

    Alvarez is bottom half top 10 lightweight!!! Clay Guida would beat him haha!!!!

  • jonny says:

    Alvarez is bottom half top 10 lightweight!!! Clay Guida would beat him haha!!!!

  • jonny says:

    Alvarez is bottom half top 10 lightweight!!! Clay Guida would beat him haha!!!!

  • jonny says:

    Alvarez is bottom half top 10 lightweight!!! Clay Guida would beat him haha!!!!

  • Miguel says:

    I think it´s about being smart, if you as individual or as league are better everyone will notice that no matter in what place you are, every important thing/man outstand if is good.
    I started to notice about MMA thanks to UFC, yeah they´re a a mk machine, and that´s great a commend them for making a good job in the media and inside the sports world, they have made it so good that one of the things I currently wish is attend to one of their events.

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