There’s no doubt Eddie Alvarez is a badass, but how much of a badass we can’t really say for sure yet since he’s spent the last year and a half fighting less-known competition in Bellator after breaking onto the scene in 2008 during DREAM’s lightweight grand prix. Most media outlets have him ranked somewhere in the top five, but does he deserve to be ranked that high?
Well, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney believes does, and he’s willing to put Eddie up against any top lightweight in the world to prove it.
Like I said at the post-fight press conference, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody in the world at 155 who can beat Eddie Alvarez right now. There’s nobody that I wouldn’t feel completely comfortable putting Eddie Alvarez right now at 155. There’s nobody.
I’d really like to try to open up the doors to giving Eddie the opportunity to fight, really, anyone in the world right now. I think it helps Eddie, I think it helps us. Eddie Alvarez is a pleasure to work with, and he’s just been a spectacular guy for us to have on board.
I’m really open to anything. There’s a lot of fighters out there fighting in different organizations, and I’d love to see if there’s something we can do to try to make fights for an Eddie Alvarez along those lines.
Music to my ears. In a perfect world, Bellator would be able to put together fights like Alvarez vs. Kenny Florian, Gray Maynard, BJ Penn or Frankie Edgar (side note: Eddie helped Frankie prepare for BJ) with the UFC, but obviously that isn’t going to happen. Still, there’s plenty of great fights for Eddie outside Bellator, most notably against Strikeforce’s lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Josh Thomson and KJ Noons would also make intriguing match-ups. It’s a risk, sure, but I hope it’s one Bellator takes.
Rebney added he would love to do the same with Hector Lombard, however both need to defend their Bellator titles in September first.