Eddie Alvarez Talks Most Violent Fighter Title
Eddie Alvarez is the only man to hold lightweight titles in the UFC and Bellator, but now Alvarez has a different title in mind, his self-proclaimed Most Violent Fighter belt.
Alvarez made a case to be the holder of the Most Violent Fighter title with his convincing win over Justin Gaethje in Detroit at UFC 218.
“I want the best fights, I want them to be violent, and I want the fans to be jumping and screaming the same way they were on Dec. 2 in Detroit,” Alvarez said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “That felt good to me, so I want to continue to feel good about the fights that I’m in.”
. Alvarez understands there’s a logjam at the top of the UFC lightweight division, compounded withConor McGregor not defending his since winning it from Alvarez 13 months ago, and doesn’t seem in any rush to return to the cage.
The UFC also awarded an interim belt to Tony Ferguson in October by virtue of a win over Kevin Lee. But Ferguson is out after elbow surgery and is likely holding out to fight McGregor next anyway.
“I’m a realist,” Alvarez said.
“My eye’s always on that gold belt. I feel like I f*cked up, I lost my belt, and I’m pissed about it. But I’m being realistic. I can’t, we can’t make Conor get back in there, he’s going to ask for certain [things], it’s gonna take awhile for that guy to defend that. Tony is waiting for Conor. Tony is going to sit, he’s gonna wait for that Conor fight and try to get that big payday.”
With no real options for the recognized real and interim title, Alvarez looks to will his MVF championship into existence, and keep defending it as long as the fans want to see the most exciting fighters clash with each other.
“Right now, sh*t just isn’t defined with the title,” Alvarez said.
“And to be honest, there’s not a lot of value in it. What value is in it? There’s an interim guy who beat the No. 7 guy to become the champion. That’s not a champion. You can’t bring the No. 7 ranked guy in and then put him against the No 1 contender and he beats him and says now you’re the champion. That’s silly in any organization, any sport, anything. So the champion isn’t defending. So now the value of the belt loses its value. So for me I’m like, let’s make another belt, whoever is the Most Violent. We can make up whatever belts we want.”