Eddie Alvarez, the one-time star of Bellator who has emerged as the top lightweight contender in the UFC, will finally get his title shot on July 7.
The fight will headline a show on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC's streaming service available on your computer and other new media devices. Although the UFC doesn't release its Fight Pass subscription numbers, it's clear that the number of people who watch shows on Fight Pass is fewer than those who watch a typical UFC on FOX show.
But that doesn't matter to Alvarez. The Philadelphia resident is ready to throw it down, anywhere, anytime, anyway, kind of like this:
Here's what Alvarez actually said on The MMA Hour.
"We could fight right there. Fighting, it doesn't matter, man. We're going to get this thing done, and it's going to be done violently, in a high-pace, violent fashion. That's it. It don't matter what venue it's on, what channel it's on, if it's on at all. The title fight is happening, and Eddie Alvarez is about to be the next lightweight champion whether you like it or not."
Alvarez is confident as he heads into the fight against Rafael dos Anjos, the lightweight champion. Dos Anjos has been on a tear since upsetting Anthony Pettis. He almost fought Conor McGregor, but Dos Anjos got hurt and McGregor got tapped out by Nate Diaz.
"I don't give a [expletive] where [the fight takes place]," Alvarez said, adding, "I don't care if they even got a ref in there. Where this thing is and when it airs and where it airs, that ain't got nothing to do with me. I'm getting a world title shot."
Alvarez, 24-7, is one of MMA's true warriors. He's always in the fight and has shown an ability to rally even when hurt.
Dos Anjos isn't talking about the fight. This is what he has to say:
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