Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is headed to Asian promotion ONE Championship after his contract with the UFC ended a few months back. ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced Alvarez’s signing late Monday night on Twitter.
Alvarez (29-6) has been with the UFC since 2014. His contract came to an end following his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier to in July.
Social Media was thrilled with Eddie’s latest venture:
Please join me in welcoming Eddie Alvarez to @ONEChampionship! I am super excited for our fans to witness Eddie's high octane, explosive dynamite KO style. Stay tuned for more big news! @Ealvarezfight pic.twitter.com/bM3K0COlie
— Chatri Sityodtong (@YODCHATRI) October 16, 2018
Congrats Eddie!! @Ealvarezfight
— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) October 16, 2018
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 16, 2018
Eddie Alvarez is officially a ONE Championship fighter.
— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) October 16, 2018
Can’t wait to hear Eddie Alvarez wife banshee scream amongst a silent Japanese crowd.
— Macbeth (@JCS512210) October 16, 2018
I fundamentally don’t understand people chirping Eddie Alvarez. Guy is in his mid 30s has a belt from pretty much every major org on the mantle… go get paid dog
— Guyinagi (@_aguyinagi) October 16, 2018
One Championship officially announces it’s signed Eddie Alvarez.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 16, 2018
Eddie Alvarez is a very decorated MMA fighter. Respect.
— D e r e k (@jiltedamericana) October 16, 2018
When Askren went to ONE, I was bummed. He was in the prime of his career, and hadn't tested himself against the best.
Eddie Alvarez tho? Eddie "multiple belt and FOTY winner, fought everyone, everywhere, forever" Alvarez? Asking more from him would be obscene.
Get paid, champ.
— Phil Mackenzie (@EvilGregJackson) October 13, 2018
Eddie Alvarez officially sigs with ONE Championship and even he calls it ONE FC…
— José Youngs (@JoseYoungs) October 16, 2018
One of the most entertaining fighters of all time, Eddie Alvarez, is about to head to ONE because the UFC don't think he's worth more than the measly $100,000 they've paid him every fight outside of his title bouts with Dos Anjos ($150,000) and McGregor ($500,000).
— Scott Bond (@_ScottBond_) October 13, 2018
Congrats to Eddie Alvarez for signing with ONE. He’s an OG and has held titles in just about every promotion he’s been in — done it all. He’s been to the mountaintop. This is prize fighting. The goal is to make as much money as you can to feed your family. Good luck to him.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) October 16, 2018
Letting one of the greatest lightweight fighters of all time (and still currently a great exciting fighter) leave the UFC because they don’t want to pay them more than $100k is ridiculous, at least Eddie Alvarez will get paid with One FC but still
— Stephen Potts (@PottsyPineapple) October 13, 2018
Eddie Alvarez to ONE championship is on the 1 yard line, multiple sources told ESPN (that’s an American football term for almost a goal, my international friends). An official announcement confirming his signing could come any day now.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 15, 2018
In no world is it okay to let a star like Eddie Alvarez leave your organisation whist talentless goons such as Artem Lobov are featuring in co-main events. #UFC
— Gary Watson (@TheBodyTriangle) October 15, 2018
Am I right in thinking that Eddie Alvarez is the only fighter to ever win belts with both Bellator and the UFC?
— James Goyder (@JamesGoyder) October 16, 2018