We knew it was coming and MMAWeekly.com apparently now has the confirmation.
Nick Diaz (18-7) and Eddie Alvarez (15-1) will indeed mix it up for the vacant Elite XC lightweight title on November 8. We first reported of the possibility of the mega fight two weeks ago and now the match is apparently booked.
The organization stripped former champion KJ Noons of his belt last month after he repeatedly turned down a rematch with Diaz. It was a long drawn out soap opera, but in the end the company did what they felt was right by relieving Noons of his post.
All along Elite XC just wanted to have its two best lightweights meet in the cage. Now it appears they'll finally get their wish.
The Philadelphia native Alvarez has opened a lot of eyes with his recent performances. At the 2008 DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix he was the only man to go through the tournament without a loss.
He defeated Andre "Dida" Amade, Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen and Tatsuya Kawajiri during the impressive run. Unfortunately for him, he suffered facial injuries in the semi-final bout against Kawajiri that kept him out of the final.
Alvarez is stong, fast and powerful. He recovers quickly and he's very athletic. He's the former BoDog Fight welterweight champion and only has one loss in his 16-fight career.
Put simply, at just 23 years old -- with the talent he has -- the sky is the limit for this kid.
In fact, maybe KJ Noons was right and Eddie Alvarez was the true number one contender all along.
But a case can still be made for Nick Diaz. Even though his last three fights haven't been close to the competition level Alvarez has faced, he's still a very talented fighter with a solid resume over the last two years.
There are a couple hiccups on his record over that time like the loss to Noons on the cut, and the no contest against Takanori Gomi after the positive test for marijuana. But we all know he beat Gomi and nobody knows what would have happened had the Noons fight continued.
The truth is that both of these guys are the number one contenders. They share that title ... and now they'll fight for the real title on November 8. It's going to be a great fight.
The Elite XC middleweight championship will also be decided on the same card when champion "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler defends his gold against Greg Jackson trainee Joey Villasenor. And there's also rumors of a third title fight involving Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Cyrille "Snake" Diabate for the company's first ever light heavyweight crown.
Talk about ending the year with a bang ... Elite XC officials have stated this will be the last show of 2008 for the promotion. There is no location set for the November 8 event at this time.