He was a highly-anticipated addition to the UFC roster, but when Eddie Alvarez transitioned from the Bellator cage to the Octagon, he fell short against Donald Cerrone.

That didn’t deter him from his quest for UFC gold, though. Soon, he returned to take on former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez, and after getting past him, took on former champ Anthony Pettis.

Below is his fight with Pettis, which Alvarez won by narrow split decision. The end result of all his hard work means Alvarez now gets to take on reigning champ Rafael dos Anjos, which will happen next month at UFC Fight Night 90. Will the slugger from Philadelphia rise to the occasion and see his run for gold end in success?