Eddie Alvarez proved to fan once again last Saturday night at Bellator 39 that he is the top lightweight fighter in the world, not signed under the Zuffa umbrella. Holding a very impressive record of 22-2 along with some of the best MMA boxing on the planet, Alvarez has destroyed every opponent Bellator as put in front of him, including Toby Imada, Roger Huerta, and most recently Pat Curran.
Curran was a tough test to Alvarez and his lightweight title, having won the season two lightweight tournament which featured many of the same opponents Alvarez had defeated to capture the belt in the season one tournament. Curran displayed a huge heart and was striking to end with Alvarez, but was never able to find his mark on the champ.
While fans and commentators have had their doubts about Alvarez, now that Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa he is clearly the best non Zuffa fighter out there, even after suffering a tough loss to Aoki in 2008. Alvarez has always faced tough competition in his career and would match up well with Zuffa lightweight champions Frankie Edgar or Gilbert Melendez.With a great skill set possessed by Alvarez, fans are due to see him involved in these super fights before his career has wilted away and with the constant progression of MMA and big merges, it will hopefully happen sooner than later.
Alvarez will now wait to face the winner of the current seasons lightweight tournament which continues this Saturday at Bellator 40 with a semifinal match between Lloyd Woodard and Michael Chandler. The winner will move on to face Patricky Freire in the finals after he defeated Toby Imada with a shot at the Alvarez on the line.