In case you missed it, here’s a highlight from Eddie Alvarez’s last fight in the Bellator cage. The fight happened in typical Eddie Alvarez fashion. He gets rocked early in the fight only to come back and knockout his opponent before the end of the first round. This fight was important for the former champ, because this is the last fight on his current Bellator contract and it’s very likely he will not resign with the promotion as he’s voiced the desire for higher tier challenges. The fight ending in such a dramatic fashion like it did is such a great bargaining chip in the negotiations that will most likely go down with the UFC.
Some questioned if Alvarez could compete with the top of the lightweight division after losing his belt to Michael Chandler. Now with back to back wins over Shinya Aoki and a highlight knockout win over the always dangerous Patricio Freire, he seems to have asserted himself back at the top. His signing with the UFC seems all but certain. The question is who should he fight in his debut? There is an option that many are not speaking about. The problem is that Gilbert Melendez is languishing in Strikeforce without any real competition.
Potentially Eddie could sign for a one fight deal to face Gilbert in Strikeforce for their big stacked card in the beginning of next year. If the rumors that the organization will fall after that card are true, the winner of that fight would be the last lineal champion to the Strikeforce title, and then they could make their way to the UFC to unify titles with the current UFC champion. Time wise it would match up with the UFC lightweight title being contested in December between Nate Diaz and current champion Benson Henderson. While all of this is speculative a fan can still dream.