Big Star on a Small Stage

Written by Tom Ngo
November 25th, 2008

It appears that lightweight sensation Eddie Alvarez will be competing for the little known Extreme Challenge on January 23rd. The Midwest-based MMA organization is owned and operated by Alvarez’ manager Monte Cox. Although the 12-year old promotion is a local hit, it is far too small of an organization to house a fighter of Alvarez’ caliber.

“The only thing I know 100 percent sure right now is Jan. 23 I’ll be fighting here in Atlantic City at the Tropicana,” Alvarez told iGuillotine.com.

Alvarez was scheduled to face Nick Diaz for the open EliteXC title on November 5th, however due to the promotion’s current economic state they were forced to cancel the event, leaving Alvarez scrambling for work.

Alvarez could have returned to Japan to fight for Dream, where he experienced an exceptional 2008, however the fighter couldn’t pass up the opportunity to fight in front of his home country for a change.

“Bring it back home,” Alvarez stated about his decision to fight in the States. “I’ve been fighting overseas a lot lately. And (with) the jet lag and everything else, it’s good just to drive 40 minutes from home, get a fight and then go home and rest.”

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