Eddie Alvarez Explains Why He Parted Ways With ONE Championship

Eddie Alvarez, ONE Championship

Former UFC and Bellator titleholder Eddie Alvarez has explained why he parted ways with ONE Championship.

Alvarez signed with ONE after a successful career in the UFC, where he won the 155-pound title and fought the biggest names, including Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje. His four-year stint in Asia’s biggest MMA promotion was anything but ideal however.

Eddie Alvarez On Departure From ONE

‘The Underground King’ suffered a shocking loss to Timofey Nastyukhin in his debut. In his second outing, he was nearly stopped by Eduard Folayang before coming from behind to earn a submission win. The MMA veteran’s third fight against Iuri Lapicus ended in a disqualification due to illegal strikes, although the fight was later ruled a no-contest after he appealed the decision. His fourth and final fight ended in a loss to Ok Rae Yoon in April last year and he hasn’t competed since.

Speaking on MMA Fighting’s The MMA Hour, the 38-year-old said he wants to finish his career competing in the United States.

“The contract was coming to an end, and I spoke with my agent and I told him, ‘I would like my career to finish up in the United States,” Alvarez said. “And when we originally sat down with ONE, the idea was that [they] would progressively move to the US. The plan was to have fights in Asia, and then my idea in my head was I would start in Asia, and towards the end of my contract, we would move closer to the US and eventually get a fight there.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic threw a wrench into all of those plans and slowed the progression of that up by a lot. I’m going to more than likely be signing my last contract, and I just want to be fighting here in the United States. I really want and need to fight in the United States to finish my career here.”

Would you like to see Eddie Alvarez return to the UFC?