On October 13, 2018, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong took to social media to announce that one big mixed martial artist is about to join the Singapore-based martial arts organization. He was reportedly referring to Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 34, of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States.
The rumors about ONE Championship signing Alvarez came from the fact that he is a free agent. Neither he nor the organization has confirmed the rumors.
Alvarez currently holds a professional MMA record of 29 wins, 6 losses and 1 No Contest. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship from September 26, 2014 at “UFC 178” to “UFC on Fox 30” on July 28, 2018.
When Alvarez made his UFC debut at “UFC 178,” he lost to Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision. In the most recent bout of the Pennsylvania native, which was a t “UFC on Fox 30,” he was knocked out by Dustin Poirier via punches.
The “UFC on Fox 30” bout between Alvarez and Poirier was a rematch. Their first encounter, which was at “UFC 211 on May 13, 2017, ended in a No Contest due to an accidental knee to the head of a grounded fighter.
Including Cerrone and Poirier, there were only three UFC fighters to defeat Alvarez. The third one was Conor “Notorious” McGregor, who knocked out Alvarez via punches at “UFC 205.”
In the UFC cage, Alvarez defeated four opponents namely Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis, Rafael dos Anjos and Justin Gaethje. Both Melendez and Pettis lost to Alvarez via split decision.
Before competing in the UFC, Alvarez competed in Bellator MMA from 2009 to 2013. If he joins ONE Championship, he will become the first MMA fighter to compete in all these three largest MMA organizations in the world.
Here is the post-fight interview with Alvarez after his victory over Gaethje: