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Eddie Alvarez Believes He’s Close To Becoming The Lightweight GOAT – MMA Root

Eddie Alvarez sees a path to establish himself as the greatest lightweight the sport of MMA has ever seen.

ONE Championship athlete Eddie Alvarez has already accomplished the rare feat of capturing two world titles in two different major promotions. Alvarez was Bellator’s inaugural 2009 lightweight champion and was able to regain the title in 2013 to become a two-time champion. The second reign ended with Alvarez vacating the title and going to the UFC, where he would also become the lightweight champion there after defeating Rafael dos Anjos in 2016.

Eddie Alvarez believes he is one title away from LW GOAT status

Eddie Alvarez, now a member of the ONE Championship roster, has had mixed results thus far, currently 1-1 in the promotion. If he is victorious in his next fight against Iuri Lapicus on April 7, “The Underground King” believes a title shot will not be far off. And if he can add a lightweight championship belt from a third promotion to his mantle, he thinks it would close the lightweight GOAT debate in his favor (transcript via Adam Martin).

“I mean, I think in my eyes he would be the best lightweight ever. It’s okay to be great for five years, it’s even good to be great for 10 years. But for two decades, to continue fighting against champions around the world. I will not stay in one place, I will not stay in a promotion. I will go all over the world and fight all the champions from all the major promotions and become the champion on that platform. No one has, no one ever will. You have to be as crazy as I am, ”Alvarez said.

Philadelphia's Eddie Alvarez wins UFC lightweight title
Eddie Alvarez wins the UFC lightweight championship. Credit: Joshua Dahl / USA TODAY Sports

“But I love this sport and it is one fight at a time. It’s one fight at a time, and that’s how I did it. As many belts as I count and as many champions as I have defeated will be argued, but I will tell people to look at the scoreboard, you know what I mean? I don’t want to discuss it. Check the scoreboard. Let’s gather the data and review the scoreboard. Then we’ll talk about who is the greatest lightweight ever. “

There have been great lightweights in history. The two who get perhaps the most mention in the LW GOAT debate are the legendary BJ Penn and of course the 29-0 Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Alvarez has publicly entertained the idea of ​​fighting Khabib after Khabib’s retirement. If that happened and Álvarez emerged victorious, it would undoubtedly go a long way toward improving his GOAT argument. But with Khabib’s retirement now more permanent than ever, he will have to make his case as the first man in three years to defeat ONE lightweight champion Christian Lee to win a world title in a third major promotion.

If Eddie Alvarez captures the lightweight title at ONE Championship, do you think that would make him the lightweight GOAT?

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