The former Bellator MMA and UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez recently spoke to the media about the UFC handing out interim titles and he went on to describe how interim titles hurt the fighters.
Alvarez was recently in a conversation with a reporter from MMA Fighting. When asked to comment about the UFC making an interim title bout between the UFC current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and top ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier. Alvarez went on to explain how interim title fights are a joke and how much they hurt the sport and the fighters themselves. Here’s what he had to say:
You guys are the media. I mean what do you think about the interim title? Look this is a serious problem. I’m laughing but it is nothing to joke about and we are all part of the problem, all of us are.
When an interim title is given and the media makes a big fuss of it, and the fighter makes a big fuss of it, and a fan makes a big fuss of it., then an interim title has a value and that is the saddest thing that can happen in this sport. Because an interim title is given as replacement for money. We don’t wanna give you money, but we are giving you an interim title. We don’t wanna give you money, but we’ll give you a main event spot. We don’t wanna give you the money, but we’ll give you that opponent you want. We’ll give you everything but what you deserve. That’s money and that is sad.
You can watch his interview down below: