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Morning Report: Eddie Alvarez ready to get past ‘disastrous chapter’ against Conor McGregor and ‘take over the division’

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It’s fair to say that Eddie Alvarez did not have a good night on Nov. 12, 2016.

In the main event of one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year, the then-UFC lightweight champion lost his title to Conor McGregor at UFC 205. The brash-talking featherweight champion thoroughly outclassed Alvarez, knocking him out three minutes into the second round after dropping Alvarez multiple times in the first. In the biggest fight of his life, Alvarez turned in one of his least memorable performances.

Now, several months removed from the setback, Alvarez is ready to return to the cage and put that bad performance behind him. Speaking with Brian Stann on Stann’s Sirius XM Rush show Toe-2-Toe, the former lightweight champion talked about moving forward and his plan to take over the division once again.

“I had a bad night in November, and no problem. I got back on the horse about six weeks ago, met back up with my coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, Mark Henry and everybody, and we formulated a plan to come back to take over the division that I believe is mine... It was a small chapter in my full book that will be my career. It was a disastrous chapter but now we get to write some new good ones.”

Alvarez already has a lot of “good ones” in his career. For many years, “The Underground King” was considered one of the top lightweights in the sport, amassing titles from Reality Fighting, BodogFIGHT, WAMMA, and Bellator (twice) before making the jump to the UFC. But despite all his accolades and having been to the top of the mountain, Alvarez says this is the best moment of his career because he has a new challenge ahead of him.

“I made a lot of money and I won a lot of world titles. I really feel that right now is the time in my career to dig deep because in the past it was very simple to pinpoint a reason why: my children. I needed to do something for the people that are looking up to me. So I found the last couple of months I needed to dig deep to find even more of a ‘why’ to move forward, although I’ve accomplished what I’ve accomplished. I’ve done that and I’m excited. I’m rejuvenated about the opportunity to get back into the cage and show what I’m made of.”

Alvarez’s will get that opportunity when he takes on 10th-ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier at UFC 211. It’s a fight that appeals to “the dog” in Alvarez, a battle between two of the most renown action fighters in the division, and the perfect way for him to start his comeback.

“He made a lot of noise with the Jim Miller fight. He’s been putting on some great shows so I’m excited to get back in the cage with someone like that, someone of his style. I need a good fight like that in me. I have one in me right now, so I’m excited.”


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MEDIA STEW

BBC documentary on weight cutting.

Career retrospective for Brad Pickett.

Duffy interview.

Agree he won’t fight Conor. He ain’t trying to box Canelo either though.

Mass brawl during the Dagestan MMA championships.


LISTEN UP

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TWEETS

I think Kelvin was the only one who asked for this.

Hunto still mad.

Respect.

Not having to cut that fat, huh? Competitive advantage.

Would love to see this type of thing in MMA.

Because weight cutting is apparently never going to leave.

Lomachenko would pistol whip him.

Covington getting everyone involved in this call out.

Herring.

Sean McCorkle’s twitter was a strange place today. Go check it out if you’d like.

#branding.

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He even hashtags favela...


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eduardo Dantas (19-4) vs. Leandro Higo (17-2); Bellator 177, April 14.

Roy Nelson (22-13) vs. Alexander Volkov (27-6); UFC on Fox 24, April 15.

Albert Tumenov (17-4) vs. Marcelo Alfaya (18-7, 1 NC); ACB, May 20.

Vitaly Minakov (19-0) vs. Antonio Silva (19-11, 1 NC); Fight Nights Global, June 2.

Anderson Silva (34-8, 1 NC) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (14-2); UFC 212, June 3.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

1998: Pride FC held their second ever event, Pride 2, which featured Kazushi Sakuraba making his Pride debut and Renzo Gracie and Sanae Kikuta having one of the worst fights ever. Seriously, don’t go watch it.

2014: Johny Hendricks won the vacant UFC welterweight championship by taking a unanimous decision over Robbie Lawler at UFC 171.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Apropos of nothing: Gennady Golovkin is boxing this weekend and you should 100% peep that. If you don’t know who that is, he’s the best thing going in combat sports today and you should Google him because you’ll be a fan.

Also, GGG has roughly the same net worth as Conor McGregor despite not being nearly the star McGregor is. If Conor really can beat Floyd, he should retire from MMA immediately and go to boxing because he is wildly underpaid in the UFC.

That’s all folks. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


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