Former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez has signed on with Bare Knuckle FC.
Eddie Alvarez has had a long and successful fighting career so far. He has fought in some of the most notorious fighting promotions in the world and held belts in many of them. Now he is taking his talents to a new sport. After many years fighting in mixed martial arts it was announced on Wednesday that Alvarez has signed on with Bare Knuck FC to participate in bare-knuckle boxing.
The announcement came by BKFC president Dave Feldman while a guest on The MMA Hour, later Alvarez came on the show to explain what drew him to sign with BKFC and whether or not his MMA days are over.
Eddie Alvarez was impressed with BKFC the first time he attended an event
The signing of Alvarez to BKFC may have come as a shock to many. For the past four years, he has been fighting for ONE Championship out of Asia. Recently Alvarez spoke about wanting to fight closer to home and was looking to test free agency once he parted ways with ONE Championship. Now he is explaining what he found interesting about fighting in bare-knuckle boxing and why he chose BKFC.
“I’ve known Dave for a long time, I’ve always been under contract but I’ve always talked to Dave, always congratulated him about how the promotion was coming along, and Bare Knuckle has always been something I’ve been interested in,” he said. “I got to go to a local event, I got to go not long ago, Hollywood, Florida, about a couple of months back, and after going to that event, my mind was pretty much made up. It was really about from there, just finding the right opponent, finding the right guy to match up with that’ll get me excited, that the fans are going to really get excited about the matchup.”
The matchup he was waiting for has now been announced as well. He will be taking on another former UFC fighter, Chad Mendes at 165 pounds. The bout will be the co-main event of the BKFC 41 card on April 29. Alvarez explains that this is a partnership that he is looking forward to but will allow him to remain in control of his future.
“I pretty much do what I like but I partnered with Dave and partnered with this group and kind of look forward to, we’ll see how this goes. It’s a new venture for me,” he said. “It’s something I’m excited about and we’ll see how it goes. But yeah, I can do whatever I want. I do have options.”
Along with the same announcement came the news that Luke Rockhold has signed on to fight the same night as Alvarez. He spoke on the show later and expressed that he was making much more money than he had been in the UFC. It seems that the same may be true for Alvarez.