It’s impossible to rank the top five lightweights in the world. There’s not really a single number one, per se. Instead, there’s about five guys who are collectively tied for the number one spot. The only way we can discern who is number one is with some remarkable co-promotional 155lb lightweight grand prix — or a bit of the old MMA math. Eddie Alvarez defeated Kawajiri in Dream 5, who was defeated by Shinya Aoki at Dream 15. Gilbert Melendez defeated Shinya Aoki in Strikeforce, but Gil was defeated by Josh Thomson who loss to Kawajiri two New Year’s Eves ago. Now, Eddie Alvarez defeated Shinya Aoki, but loss to Michael Chandler at Bellator 58 — a guy that…never lost. I guess Michael Chandler ends the MMA math vortex.
Here, let’s try it again. Tonight at Bellator 76, Eddie Alvarez defeated Patricky Pitbull, a guy that was defeated by Michael Chandler at Bellator 44. Damn, it really does end with Michael Chandler. Regardless, what matters most is that Eddie Alvarez so obviously spliced Anderson Silva’s DNA into his genetic code tonight in his Bellator 76 fight against Patricky Pitbull. The strikes from Alvarez were flowing like orange kool-aid at a local church event. Yes folks, the strikes were that plentiful. With Eddie Alvarez’s ever-evolving movement, atomically precise jabs and unpredictable angles, it’s understandable if you think Eddie has an unfair advantage. Don’t blame Bellator, blame God for giving him this ability. Eddie Alvarez represents one of those incredibly rare human beings that had a head start on the rest of humanity, and we just have to live with it. Now stare in awe at Eddie Alvarez’s remarkable fight against Patricky Pitbul on tonight’s Bellator 76 card.