Remember the rumors that there was going to be some big “surprise” for UFC 178? Well, surprise. According to reports, Eddie Alvarez has left Bellator and will be fighting Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 178 in his UFC debut. This has been a long time coming now, with Alvarez almost joining the UFC months ago only for the dastardly Bjorn Rebney to pull the rug out from the situation. Then again, that led to Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler so I guess waiting isn’t an awful thing, right? The big fight that everyone still wants to see is Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez, which is still entirely an option. Donald Cerrone is on a crazy four-fight winning stream right now and was slated to face Khabib Nurmagomedov until Khabib injured his knee. We’ve heard for a few days that Cerrone had another bout offered, but weren’t clear as to what it was.
Well, now we know. Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez, awesome fight. It’s almost like the UFC wants to win all of us back now or something, huh? Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva, Eddie Alvarez vs. Donald Cerrone. We’ll take it.