Eddie Alvarez a Former UFC lightweight champion will return to the Octagon on Saturday, December 2 in Detroit where he will face off with World Series of Fighting (WSOF) titleholder Justin Gaethje on the main headliner of UFC 218 event.
The key lightweight fight is expected to deliver fireworks for fight fans, as both Gaethje and Alvarez are known for their willingness to throw caution to the wind while inside the cage.
An unbeaten record of 18-0, Gaethje has been a tough puzzle to solve, but Alvarez knows how to play a card.
Eddie Alvarez speaking with host Ariel Helwani at a recent edition of The MMA Hour where he discussed his upcoming fight:
“100 percent,” Alvarez replied to Ariel on recent episode of The MMA Hour when he was asked if he has Gaethje figured out. “There’s not really a game plan to be honest with you. Justin has been able to pressure people and cut them off and has done really well. I don’t think that the strategy that I’m able to apply because I’m an athlete…the guys that he has been facing don’t seem to be doing what they should do. I have the answer to what these other guys haven’t been able to do and I’m really excited. This has been the most improvement that I’ve made since I’ve been in the UFC.”
Eddie Alvarez was last seen in action at UFC 211 event in Dallas where he had a nine-minute ground and pound with Dustin Poirier that bout ended in no-contest after Alvarez landed illegal knees.
Before that, Alvarez was coming off a knockout KO loss to Conor “Notorious” McGregor in which he surrendered his UFC lightweight title at UFC 205 in November 2016.
Gaethje (18-0) has won via stoppage in all but two of his bouts, and his spectacular Octagon debut saw him TKO Michael Johnson in the presumptive frontrunner for 2017’s Fight of the Year.
Alvarez admits that he isn’t sure what’s going to take place in the bout, but he did mention that it’s going to be ‘f*cking nuts’:
“I’m not expecting a different guy. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. His team knows that and his style has gotten him so far,” he said. “I’m gonna be honest, I don’t f**kin’ know, I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know what’s going to happen…I don’t know and I’m not going to lie to the fans. I will say this, it’s going to be f**kin’ nuts because I spent a great deal of this training camp working not giving a f**k myself and I’m getting better and better the less I care. I don’t have a crystal ball but I can tell fans right now, they better have their popcorn and their soda ready for this fight because it’s going to be something special to watch.”
Alvarez also discussed his upcoming fight with Gaethje and added that he and Justin are fighting for the title of “UFC’s most violent fighter”.
“I only deal with things I can control and right now there’s a whole other title on the line, and that’s the ‘UFC most violent man.’ And that title is on the line on Dec. 2.”
Who do you think will emerge a winner between Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez?