Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will fight out perhaps the final significant chapter of his MMA career overseas with ONE Championship.
For our latest Daily Debate for MMAjunkie Radio listeners and MMAjunkie Readers, we asked whether Alvarez (29-6) made the right call signing with ONE Championship, or if he should have tried to pursue a deal with another organization. We gave four total options, and they are:
- Sign with ONE Championship, where he instantly becomes one of the faces of the organization and is arguably the biggest signing the company has made in its more than seven-year existence.
- Return to Bellator, where Alvarez fought 10 times from 2009-2013. He twice held the 155-pound title for the organization and, had he returned, could have have an anticipated trilogy bout with rival Michael Chandler.
- Stay with UFC, where he also held the 155-pound title but has won just once in his past four octagon appearances. Alvarez fought eight times under the UFC banner, and all of those matchups were against elite members of his weight class.
- Sign with PFL, which is an upstart promotion (former WSOF) that is based around a tournament format that will pay the winners from each bracket a $1 million prize.
So those were the options, and here are the results (via Twitter):
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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