UFC 178 Alvarez Debutes Against Cerrone


Eddie AlvarezThe fight card for UFC 178 is changing again, this time by virtue of free agency, as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will now face a different opponent in former Bellator MMA fighter Eddie Alvarez on September 27 in Las Vegas.

The move brings one of the best lightweight fighters in the world into the UFC fold to fight his premier match against Cerrone, who is the No. 4 contender in the lightweight division, and is coming off an impressive second round knockout win over Jim Miller that Alvarez got to see firsthand.

The Denver, Colorado native was moved onto the ticket last week to face Bobby “King” Green but that match is nixed in favor of getting the highly-touted Alvarez a quick matchup with a top UFC fighter. Green will not fight as part of the UFC 178 card but instead will fight sometime in November.

“For me, Cerrone is fan-friendly, I love his style, we have similar set-ups, and I enjoy the way he fights,” said Alvarez, “I love the way we match up together, and I think it’s a great way to enter the UFC with a guy like that.”

“These are the fights fans love to see,” Alvarez noted, “I want to be involved in fights where fans are biting their nails and going, ‘holy [expletive], is this really going to happen?’

Alavarez continued, “Those are the fights I want to be involved in, and that’s what this sport is all about. That’s what gives me chills, that’s what wakes me up early and makes me go to bed late. That’s a huge reason why I’m here at UFC now.”

Alvarez is now set to make his mark in the UFC and doesn’t want to stop at Cerrone, “My deal has nothing to do with Cowboy Cerrone or any of the guys in the division, for that matter. I want the title and whoever’s in front of me at that time, bottom line I’m coming out to destroy them. I’m coming after them.”

However, Alvarez understands what the publicity and hype surrounding his move to UFC means for the future.

“There’s going to be a bit of a target on my back and a lot of people are going to speculate on what I deserve and what I don’t deserve, who I should fight and who I shouldn’t fight,” said Alvarez, “it’s going to be up to me to prove all the naysayers wrong and let them know what I am truly capable of, no matter what they think.”

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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