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UFC Fight Night 81: Eddie Alvarez Out-Wrestles Pettis

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On the heels of split decision victories over Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, Eddie Alvarez feels he is ready to contend for UFC gold.

The former Bellator champion scored his second straight win by scoring six takedowns on Pettis in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 81. Last June, Alvarez (27-4) downed Melendez.

“I want the champion next,” Alvarez said. “Give me the champion.”

Rafael dos Anjos, the current titleholder, is set to defend his belt vs. Conor McGregor later this year.

On this night, Alvarez did his best dos Anjos impersonation, using wrestling to negate the “Showtime” skills of Pettis.

“I had a game plan and I stuck to it,” he said. “He is a former champion. So far, I have fought nothing but guys with title fights.”

Pettis, who won 18 of his first 20 pro fights, is now on a two-fight losing skid.

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Fight Cards

UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2

Event Date: July 29, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 114: Pettis vs. Moreno

Event Date: August 5, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njoukani

Event Date: August 25, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC Fight Night 115: Struve vs. Volkov

Event Date: September 2, 2017
Broadcast: Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

UFC 215: Johnson vs. Borg

Event Date: September 9, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull

Event Date: September 23, 2017
Broadcast: TBD