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Eddie Alvarez

Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez

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  • Given Name: Edward Alvarez
  • MMA Record: 29-5-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Underground King
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 34 | Date of Birth: 1984.01.11
  • Last Fight: December 02, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Blackzilians
  • Height: 5'9" (176cm) | Reach: 69.0" (175cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $955,000 USD
  • Born: Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Fighting out of: Boca Raton, Florida
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Us Dustin Poirier
29-5-0 23-5-0

Ca UFC on FOX 30: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2018.07.28
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:59 Round 3 of 3, 13:59 Total

Us Justin Gaethje
28-5-0 18-0-0

Us UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.12.02
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#77 Greatest Fight of All Time
#3 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2017
#44 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2017
UFC 218 Fight of the Night
No Contest | Foul
4:12 Round 2 of 3, 9:12 Total

Us Dustin Poirier
28-5-0 21-5-0

Us UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.05.13
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2017
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:04 Round 2 of 5, 8:04 Total

Ie Conor McGregor
28-4-0 20-3-0

Us UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.11.12
Odds: +140 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 154.6 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: 50 Cent - I Get Money
#12 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2016
UFC 205 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:49 Round 1 of 5

Br Rafael dos Anjos
27-4-0 25-7-0

Us UFC Fight Night 90: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2016.07.07
Odds: +255 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($150K Base, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 90 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Anthony Pettis
26-4-0 18-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.01.17
Odds: +295 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Kevin MacDonald
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Gilbert Melendez
25-4-0 22-4-0

Mx UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.06.13
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Benson Henderson UFC UFN 59 2015.01.18
Reason: Alvarez Illness
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Donald Cerrone
25-3-0 24-6-0

Us UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.09.27
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
Cancelled Bout Michael Chandler Bellator 120 2014.05.17
Reason: Alvarez Concussion
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Michael Chandler
24-3-0 12-0-0

Us Bellator 106: Chandler vs. Alvarez 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2013.11.02
Odds: +200 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $160,000 ($80K Base, $80K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#47 Greatest Fight of All Time
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
#24 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
4:54 Round 1 of 3

Br Patricky Freire
23-3-0 10-3-0

Ca Bellator 76
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.10.12
Odds: -255 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.4 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#43 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:14 Round 1 of 3

Jp Shinya Aoki
22-3-0 30-5-0

Us Bellator 66
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.04.20
Odds: -290 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Jerry Krzys
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:06 Round 4 of 5, 18:06 Total

Us Michael Chandler
22-2-0 8-0-0

Us Bellator 58
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.11.19
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 154.8 lbs (70.2 kgs) | Referee: Troy Waugh
#17 Greatest Fight of All Time
#6 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#53 Biggest Upset of All Time
#25 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
#6 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Cancelled Bout Michael Chandler Bellator 54 2011.10.15
Reason: Alvarez Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Pat Curran
21-2-0 13-3-0

Us Bellator 39
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.04.02
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 2 of 3, 10:00 Total

Us Roger Huerta
20-2-0 21-4-1

Us Bellator 33
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.10.21
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Submission | Choke
2:08 Round 2 of 3, 7:08 Total

Us Josh Neer
19-2-0 27-9-1

Us Bellator 17
Co-Main Event | Catchweight | 160 lbs

2010.05.06
Odds: -303 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 ($35K Base, $35K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 159.6 lbs (72.4 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#48 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Submission | Choke
3:42 Round 2 of 3, 8:42 Total

Jp Katsunori Kikuno
18-2-0 12-1-2

Jp Dream 12: Cage of the Rising Sun
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2009.10.25
Odds: -410 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 153.6 lbs (69.7 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Choke
0:38 Round 2 of 5, 5:38 Total

Us Toby Imada
17-2-0 24-13-0

Us Bellator 12
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 155 lbs

2009.06.19
Odds: -538 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($40K Base, $60K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | Submission | Choke
1:30 Round 3 of 3, 11:30 Total

Us Eric Reynolds
16-2-0 11-1-0

Us Bellator 5
Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 158 lbs

2009.05.01
Odds: -513 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 157.5 lbs (71.4 kgs)
Win | Submission | Choke
2:44 Round 1 of 3

Gb Greg Loughran
15-2-0 18-12-0

Us Bellator 1
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 155 lbs

2009.04.03
Odds: -950 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $25,000 ($10K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.3 lbs (70.0 kgs) | Referee: Troy Waugh
Loss | Submission | Leglock
1:32 Round 1 of 3

Jp Shinya Aoki
15-1-0 18-3-0

Jp Fields Dynamite!! 2008
Main Card | Title Match | Lightweight

2008.12.31
Weigh-In: 152.0 lbs (68.9 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
7:35 Round 1 of 2

Jp Tatsuya Kawajiri
14-1-0 22-4-2

Jp Dream 5: Lightweight GP 2008 Final Round
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 70 kg

2008.07.21
Odds: +108 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#26 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#62 Greatest Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

No Joachim Hansen
13-1-0 17-6-1

Jp Dream 3: Lightweight GP 2008 Second Round
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 70 kg

2008.05.11
Odds: +130 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#84 Greatest Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
6:47 Round 1 of 2

Br Andre Amade
12-1-0 6-1-1

Jp Dream 1: Lightweight GP 2008 First Round
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16 | 70 kg

2008.03.15
Odds: +103 (Near Even) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:32 Round 2 of 3, 7:32 Total

Us Ross Ebanez
11-1-0 17-5-0

Us ShoXC 4
Main Event | Catchweight | 165 lbs

2008.01.25
Odds: -410 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 164.9 lbs (74.8 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Matt Lee

Us New Jersey Regional

2007.07.14
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:32 Round 2 of 3, 9:32 Total

Us Nick Thompson
10-0-0 31-9-1

Ru Bodog Fight: Clash Of The Nations 2007
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 154 lbs

2007.04.14
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Us Scott Henze

Cr Costa Rica Regional

2007.02.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:05 Round 1 of 3

Us Aaron Riley
8-0-0 25-8-1

Ca Bodog Fight: USA vs. Russia 2006
Main Card | Lightweight | 154 lbs

2006.12.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:26 Round 1 of 3

Jp Hidenobu Koike
7-0-0 7-4-5

Jp MARS 4: New Deal
Main Card | Welterweight | 77 kg

2006.08.26
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:01 Round 1 of 3

Us Derrick Noble
6-0-0 18-8-1

Us Euphoria 7: Russia vs. USA 3
Main Event | Lightweight | 154 lbs

2006.06.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jp Daisuke Hanazawa

Us Euphoria Mix Fighting Championship

2005.11.05
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:15 Round 2 of 3, 7:15 Total

Ru Danila Veselov
4-0-0 4-6-1

Us Euphoria 4: Russia vs. USA 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 154 lbs

2005.05.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:25 Round 2 of 3, 6:25 Total

Jp Seichi Ikemoto
3-0-0 11-10-4

Us Euphoria 3: USA vs. The World
Main Card | Lightweight | 154 lbs

2005.02.26
Win | Submission | Punches
1:00 Round 1 of 2

Us Chris Schlesinger
2-0-0 1-0-0

Us Reality Fighting 7: No Holds Barred
Main Card | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2004.10.16
Weigh-In: 167.0 lbs (75.7 kgs)
Win | Submission | Punches
2:06 Round 1 of 2

Us Adam Fearon
1-0-0 0-0-0

Us Ring of Combat 6
Main Card | 184 lbs (83.5 kg)

2004.04.24
Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:57 Round 1 of 2

Us Anthony Ladonna
0-0-0 0-0-0

Us Ring of Combat 5
Main Card | 168 lbs (76.2 kg)

2003.12.14
Weigh-In: 166.0 lbs (75.3 kgs)

Eddie Alvarez Wiki Update Wiki

Born in a rough section of the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -  Eddie Alvarez knows a thing or two about perseverance. Alvarez wrestled for his high school as a teen, and was a two-time National Prep All-American, and placed sixth twice in the National Prep School Wrestling Championships. After graduating, Eddie would immediately pursue a professional fighting career, and had his first fight after only eight months of MMA training. 


Though he has yet to set foot in a UFC Octagon, Eddie Alvarez has established himself as one of the most respected and highly ranked fighters in MMA's lightweight division. After turning professional in 2003, Alvarez ran his professional record to 10-0 before losing the first fight of his career to respected welterweight fighter Nick Thompson in 2006. Following the loss, Alvarez dropped down to his more natural weight class of 155 lbs., defeating notable fighters Andre Amade, Joachim Hansen, and Tatsuya Kawajiri during his name-making run in the 2008 DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix. Two of those tilts in particular, the fight against Hansen and the fight against Kawajiri, were start-to-finish barnburners that gained Alvarez a major following among MMA’s hardcore fanbase. Following the second loss of his career, to highly ranked Japanese submission specialist Shinya Aoki, Alvarez competed in and won the first ever Bellator Lightweight Championship.

The beginning of his career was saturated with knockout and TKO victories due to his naturally heavy hands and proficiency in American boxing, but Alvarez has increasingly established himself as a powerful wrestler with dangerous submission skills, defeating all three of his opponents by choke en route to winning the Bellator Lightweight Championship in 2009. Alvarez shows up to his fights in shape, and maintains a high pace.


On November 19th, 2011, Alvarez faced off against season 5 lightweight tournament champion Michael Chandler. In one of the most exciting fights in Bellator history, Alvarez was defeated in the 4th round via rear naked choke. Alvarez was then given a chance to avenge an earlier loss in his career. At Bellator 66, he soundly defeated Shinya Aoki via TKO in the 1st round of their bout. He would then face Patricky Freire at Bellator 76. Alvarez would finish this fight with a head kick KO in the first round upping his stock for a potential move to the UFC. Many anticipate this was his last fight for Bellator as speculation looms that he will sign with the UFC after his current contract expires. After a long process and lawsuits Alvarez finally came to an agreement with Bellator and will now rematch against Michael Chandler on Bellator's first pay per view card that was supposed to be headlined by Rampage Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz but due to an Ortiz injury Chandler vs. Alvarez was moved to the main event. Alvarez would get his revenge and his belt back beating Chandler by Split Decision in a very closely contested match. He is set to rematch Chandler again and finish the trilogy at Bellator 120.


Alvarez was signed to the UFC on August 19, 2014 and on September 27, 2014 he made his UFC debut against Donald Cerrone  at UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso losing via unanimous decision. Alvarez was scheduled to fight

 Benson Henderson next but had to pull out and was replaced by Donald Cerrone. His next fight came at UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum  

where he fought Gilbert Melendez and won via split decision.

Last updated 06.16.2015, 7:29 PM ET
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    Promo Video  |  Eddie Alvarez "The Red Corner" Store Opening Video report dead link

    Promotional video of Eddie Alvarez talking about the opening of his new MMA store "The Red Corner" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the video Alvarez talks about the concept for the store, how they came up with the design for the photos and layout, and why he thinks it's the right time to open a business such as this in Philadelphia.

  • Highlight  |  Eddie Alvarez HL by Machinemen report dead link

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  • Highlight  |  "Eddie Alvarez - Streets of Philadelphia" Alvarez HL Vid by Tap or Sleep report dead link

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    MMA video maker Damian looks at Eddie Alvarez in this highlight reel package of Eddie's best fights.

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