Multiple-time Lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez will leave no stone unturned in his quest to become the ONE Lightweight World Champion in 2019.
Alvarez made headlines around the globe when he decided to sign an exclusive contract with ONE Championship last October.
Having held world titles in other major mixed martial arts organizations, Alvarez feels that being a world champion in the world’s largest martial organization is the missing piece in cementing his legacy as the most dominant lightweight in the sport’s history.
“I travelled the world for the last 15 years fighting the best guys that I could get my hands on everywhere,” he said..
“I’ve won every single world title from every major organization. ONE Championship is the only organization now that I don’t have their world title.”
Sitting atop the promotion’s 77.1-kilogram weight class is Eduard Folayang, who claimed the vacant ONE Lightweight World Title with a unanimous decision win over Amir Khan in the co-main event of ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS this past November.
However, there would be no shortcut to the throne for Alvarez as he is slated to take part in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, where he will face the hard-hitting Timofey Nastyukhin of Russia in the opening round at ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo, Japan on 31 March.
On the same card, Folayang is scheduled to duke it out with Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in a highly-anticipated rematch.
Alvarez concedes that he belongs to a talent-filled division, but despite competing in one of the organization’s stacked brackets, he cites that it is exactly the reason why he inked a deal with ONE Championship.
“I know the fighters are tough. This group understands the integrity of the sport, and what it means to be a martial artist. I’m looking forward to being a part of that,” he stressed.
“I’ll fight anyone. Whoever the fans consider the baddest, toughest, most dangerous guy, that’s the guy I want. Whoever that is, point me to him and we’ll have a good fight.”
Should Alvarez and Folayang emerge victorious in Tokyo, Japan this coming March, a dream match between two of the best lightweights in the world today will be close to happening in 2019.
“The Underground King” confided that he has already provided space for the intricately-crafted ONE World Title in his trophy room.
“I’m coming here to win my world title,” Alvarez stated. “I’ve made some space on my shelf for the ONE Championship belt.”