Lightweight sensation Eddie Alvarez confirmed today that he will be back fighting on U.S. soil after spending much of the last year fighting overseas in Japan. Alvarez will be taking on Nick Diaz for the vacant EliteXC lightweight title on EliteXC’s November 8th card on Showtime. Alvarez was recently married and took some time off since his last bout in July, however is now ready to get back into the gym.
“I got back from my honeymoon about a week and a half ago and as soon as I got back I was on the horse that Monday,” Alvarez told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ll be fighting Nick Diaz, we’re about 90-something percent positive I’ll be fighting Nick Diaz for the EliteXC title at 160 (pounds).”
EliteXC stripped former champion KJ Noons of the title last month, due to Noons’ unwillingness to defend it. Alvarez is well aware of the drama that has surrounded EliteXC’s 160-pound title, however is thankful for the opportunity to compete for the championship, and to be able to do it against an opponent as capable as Diaz.
“Nick’s a great opponent, he poses a lot of threats. Very good striking, as well as good jiu-jitsu, so he’s been in the game a while, he’s a pure fighter and I like that,” commented Alvarez. “He gets a lot of bad rap from a lot of people with his attitude, but deep down he likes to fight, he enjoys to fight and I consider myself the same kind of person. I enjoy to fight, my heart’s in this.”
Alvarez signed with EliteXC earlier this year, however has only competed for the company once during that time. He has spent the remainder of his time competing against stiffer competition in Dream, posting a perfect 3-0 record for the popular Japanese organization.
Alvarez will have to make a slight adjustment in weight when he fights against Diaz, as EliteXC allows lightweights to weigh 160 pounds, as opposed to Dream that enforces a 155 pound maximum. This is great news to Alvarez, as he feels that will be an advantage for him.
“I like 160. I feel like at 160 I’m stronger. I’m faster; I’m not as depleted as I am at 155,” he said. “I’m excited. I can’t wait for this to happen.”
He assured fans that the fight will be exciting and explosive, as both fighters love to bang.
“I think it makes for a great battle and the fans are going to win in the end,” Alvarez stated. “That’s all that really matters, you get paid in the end and the fans are happy.”