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.“