by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Coming off of one of the most impressive tournament runs ever, in the Dream lightweight Grand Prix, Eddie Alvarez is back home, his eye is just fine, and he’s got 20/20 vision locked on to several possible opponents for his next fight.
When the 2008 Dream lightweight Grand Prix was finished, Alvarez stood as the only fighter still undefeated, but unfortunately an injured eye following his fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri prevented him from fighting in the finals.
Now ranked as the No. 3 lightweight in the world according to MMAWeekly.com’s World MMA Rankings, Alvarez is back in the gym and ready for at least one more fight in 2008.
“I don’t want to lose momentum. I’m actually back in the gym already,” said Alvarez in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio.
The Philadelphia-based fighter doesn’t have to worry about options for his next fight as he has many. Obviously, getting a crack at Joachim Hansen, the fighter that went on to win the lightweight Grand Prix, is at the top of the list.
“I want the Dream belt. I want to show people that’s my belt,” Alvarez stated. “I feel like people know in their hearts that I’m the champion. I also feel like I’m the champion, but I don’t have the belt or the check to prove it.”
Currently Alvarez has contracts with both EliteXC and Adrenaline MMA in America, but he will ultimately go wherever puts him in the best fight possible.
“It’s all up to my management and what makes the most sense,” he said. “I somehow want to get to a point within these next two fights to fight tough competitors where it will put me in line to fight someone that eventually is higher than me.”
EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw spoke to MMAWeekly.com about Alvarez’s future in their organization, a possible title fight against current champ K.J. Noons, as well as their willingness to allow him to pursue his dream in Dream.
“Eddie definitely deserves an opportunity also to fight for the title, there’s no doubt about it that Eddie and Nick (Diaz) are 1, 2 and they’re interchangeable,” said Shaw.
“I’d like to discuss with Eddie what his thoughts are. I’d really like him to come and fight for EliteXC before the year ends. I also want to talk to Eddie on how he feels about fighting (Joachim) Hansen, because he really does deserve that title and we want to be fair to the kid. At the same time, I want to use him.”
The opportunities don’t stop with just those fights either as Alvarez has made no bones about a fighter that he wants in the ring or cage in the very near future as well.
“I really would like to get to (Takanori) Gomi somehow within these next two fights,” Alvarez commented. “And whoever I’ve got to fight to get there that’s what I want to do.”