Eddie Alvarez will try to win his second major mixed martial arts (MMA) title when he takes on current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90 on July 7 live on Fight Pass from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But before Philadelphia's own attempts to add to a resume that includes a Bellator Lightweight championship, 21 career finishes, and an overall 27-4 professional record, he opened up about his upcoming tilt with RDA.
"It's more about me putting my will on my opponents, it's not much about Rafael dos Anjos," said Alvarez in a recent interview with MMA Noise (shown above). "He's just another guy. When I do what I do best, I win fights. When I have high volume, high punches, and keep myself guarded, I win all my fights."
While Alvarez is preparing for the biggest fight of his long and storied MMA career, it helps to be training alongside former UFC champion Frankie Edgar, who will be competing two days after Alvarez when he takes on Jose Aldo at UFC 200 on July 9 for interim Featherweight title rights.
"We're together everyday, we're full on," added Alvarez. "It's making the training camp that much more exciting because we have four or five guys fighting at the same time. So the competitiveness is at an all-time high. The energy is at an all-time high."
Alvarez also discussed his instantaneous dive into the deep end of the UFC talent pool after signing on with the promotion back in August of 2014.
"I'm just getting my feet wet," said Alvarez. "I've had three fights in this promotion, I pride myself on being a champion. Every other promotion I've went to I've become their champion. I've beaten champions my whole career. This guy is no different."
Sounds like Alvarez is ready to take on one of the most ferocious athletes in the sport today. With timely wrestling, tested boxing, and the ability to absorb copious amounts of damage, he may possess the recipe to overthrow RDA in fashion.