Some guys will do anything to prove they're number one in the world.
Even fight a friend and training partner.
Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, fresh off a five round unanimous decision win over season two tournament winner Pat Curran last month on MTV2, knows that part of being number one across the board is reaping the financial rewards that accompany that kind of status.
And if he has to fight friend and training partner (and UFC lightweight champion) Frankie Edgar to do it, well, then so be it.
Alvarez (22-2), widely considered the most talented 155-pounder never to step foot inside the Octagon, tells the MMA Fight Corner (presented by FiveKnuckles.com) he's already given Edgar his "Answer," and the feeling is mutual:
"No problem at all. Me and Frankie already talked about this. He knows the game. We're not selling insurance here we have to fight sometimes. So me and Frankie talked about it and if things come down to it and we have to fight each other we will. Right now, I'm with Bellator for the time being and I have a future with Bellator and there's no conflict of interest. He's trying to be number one in his organization, I want to be number one in my organization and right now we're helping each other. If it comes down to that and we have to stop helping each other for a little bit and fight each other, it wouldn't be too big of a deal. It's not something I'd look forward to, but sometimes if the fans push hard enough and the people with the money push hard enough, and it means me and Frankie can support our families, then we'll fight each other. Nobody's going to die. We'll both wake up the next day."
"El Nino's" boss, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, entertained the possibility of bringing the 155-pound champions (and consensus top five ranked lightweights) into a superfight under a co-promotion agreement but somewhere along the way either he (or Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney) got cold feet and the fight never came to be.
And now that Strikeforce has been acquired by Zuffa, any potential crossover can be filed under "D" for dead.
What say you Maniacs?
Is this another case of a fighter placing business before friendship and Eddie essentially saying that he will sell out his buddy for a few dollars more, or should we expect any and all fighters to fight each other regardless of team afiiliation so we, as fans, can watch the best fights possible?