It wasn’t the most exciting fight ever, but at UFC Fight Night 81 on Sunday night, former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez made former UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis look like a one-dimensional striker who can’t stop a takedown – and in so doing, Alvarez scored another win in the Octagon.

That “W” marks Alvarez’s second in three UFC appearances. His UFC debut was at UFC 178, and it resulted in a loss via unanimous decision to Donald Cerrone. In his second outing, he took a split decision over former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez.

The facts, therefore, are thus:

  • Alvarez came into the UFC already considered a top fighter, and was immediately thrust in against top-level competition;
  • After a rocky start, he seems to have found his footing;
  • Though his wins have been of the narrow split-decision variety, he’s doing what it takes to win;
  • He has the tools to be a thrilling finisher – we’ve seen examples of this throughout his career.

After his win on Sunday, Joe Rogan put a microphone in his face and Alvarez asked for a title shot. The question then is, of course, has he earned it?

Ponder that question, and watch Alvarez getting interviewed by Megan Olivi backstage.