Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC on FOX 30 blew the roof off Scotiabank Saddledome last Saturday (July 28, 2018) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Jeremy Stephens, who saw his win steak go up in flames after Jose Aldo hurt him with a crippling body shot before putting on the finishing touches en route to a technical knockout win (see it again here). And Tecia Torres, who suffered her second straight defeat, this time at the hands of former women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk (recap here). But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?
Coming into his rematch against Dustin Poirier, Alvarez was taking a big risk not re-upping with the promotion with a long-term contract extension, deciding to roll the dice and bet on himself in what was the final fight of his existing deal with the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
And while there’s nothing wrong with a fighter having that much confidence in himself, it was indeed a bold move for Alvarez, one that ultimately didn’t pan out as he suffered a second round technical knockout loss. Sure, there was a controversial call that cost Alvarez good position and his momentum, but it may have not meant much in the grand scheme of things.
While Poirier will likely move on to fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title, the future for Eddie — at least inside the Octagon — is still murky. He still has plenty of gas in the tank and a lot to offer the fight game, but at what cost he offers his services moving forward is a big question mark. When the negotiations start up again with UFC, Alvarez won’t have many bargaining chips to play with.
That means when UFC comes in and low-balls him — which they undeniably will after his latest defeat — there won’t be much for Eddie to do but to grin and bear it as he will have to fight at a discounted price after his defeat. Sure, he can always move over to different leagues across the world, Bellator MMA included.
And it’s not a farfetched scenario to see Alvarez jump ship to another promotion, as he could still demand top pay — likely more than with UFC — from a company that’s not too stacked with star power. Eddie’s name still attracts, and he’d make a good addition to any fight promotion.
But, UFC is still his first choice, and if they do come correct with the cash, don’t be too shocked to see him stay put. If that indeed is the case, I think a showdown against Kevin Lee sounds appropriate. Lee has been calling for a fight against “The Underground King,” and since Lee is coming off a good win over Edson Barboza — Eddie’s teammate — now is a good as time as any.
And it’d be another vintage Alvarez scrap, as Lee has shown he isn’t a stranger to keeping it standing.
For much more on last weekend’s UFC on FOX 30: “Alvarez vs Poirier 2” event click here.