Eddie Alvarez's Blogs

  • Sunday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Sunday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Urijah Faber - The career resurgence of Urijah Faber.

    7:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida - Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida; Nate Diaz vs Donald Cerrone; Bart Palaszewski vs Tyson Griffin; and Ryan Bader vs Jason Brilz.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Henderson vs. Khabilov – Prelims From Albuquerque, NM.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Daniel Cormier - Interview with Daniel Cormier.

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Johny Hendricks - Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

    12:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida - Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida; Nate Diaz vs Donald Cerrone; Bart Palaszewski vs Tyson Griffin; and Ryan Bader vs Jason Brilz.

    1:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Training Day: Cerrone vs. Alvarez - Inside the training of Eddie Alvarez and Donald Cerrone.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson - Jon Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    6:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Knockouts

    6:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso - Demetrious Johnson prepares to defend his title against Chris Cariaso.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 2: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: We All Came Here to Fight! - Joanne Calderwood faces Emily Kagan.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso - Demetrious Johnson prepares to defend his title against Chris Cariaso.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman/Edgar vs. Oliveira - Mixed martial artists train for UFC 162.

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  • Podcast: Eddie Alvarez, Christos Giagos By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Sherdog.com contributor Jesse Denis returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Monday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them was newly inked UFC lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez and freshly crowned RFA champion Christos Giagos.

    Alvarez joined the program to discuss his recent release from Bellator MMA, his upcoming UFC debut against Donald Cerrone, and his thoughts on establishing himself as a title contender.

    Giagos took the RFA lightweight championship Friday night when he knocked out Dakota Cochrane in highlight-reel fashion. Giagos joined "Beatdown" to discuss the win, whether this victory is enough to earn a call from a bigger promotion, and if he felt the Cochrane stoppage was a bit too late.

    De Santis and Denis also take a look at the latest mixed martial arts news in "Quick Hits."

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    Click here to check out the podcast on iTunes.

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  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Eddie Alvarez will defend his Bellator title against a familiar foe. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    A third meeting between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler is expected to headline Bellator MMA’s inaugural pay-per-view this spring.

    Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed the plan during a Jan. 20 conference call. No date or location was announced for the rubber match. Bellator’s 10th season begins Feb. 28, when Bellator 110 goes down at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

    Alvarez and Chandler first met more than two years ago, when Chandler upset the highly regarded champion by submitting him in the fourth round of their wild Bellator 58 encounter. The setback was the first for Alvarez since December 2008, when he submitted to a Shinya Aoki heel hook. The Philadelphian avenged his defeat to “Tobikan Judan” in 2012, when Alvarez knocked out Aoki in his first fight since dropping the Bellator title to Chandler. Alvarez then did the same to Patricky Freire to conclude his Bellator contract and attempted to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. However, Bellator exercised its matching rights, and Alvarez ended up back with the Viacom-owned organization after a legal battle.

    Upon returning, Alvarez was booked to challenge Chandler for the lightweight title at Bellator’s first pay-per-view in November. However, the event was instead moved to Spike TV at the 11th hour after Tito Ortiz suffered a neck injury that knocked him out of a planned headliner opposite fellow ex-UFC champion Quinton Jackson.

    Alvarez regained his title from Chandler in a “Fight of the Year” nominee at Bellator 106, taking a split decision and handing Chandler the first loss of his pro career. Prior to stumbling in the Alvarez rematch, Chandler had posted nine straight victories, including successful title defenses against Rick Hawn and David Rickels.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    Must-See Trilogy

    When Legends Rematch

    Bellator Cornucopia

    ‘The Crippler’ and the Sunset

    Ascension Complete


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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Mauricio Rua vs Dan Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko, and Rogerio Nogueira vs Tito Ortiz.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    4:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Episode 9: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Sacrifice Final preliminary fights - one on the men's side and one on the women's.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded UFC 139: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson; Cung Le makes his UFC debut against Wanderlei Silva.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia, and Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Rousimar Palhares vs. Hector Lombard; Norman Parke vs. Colin Fletcher; Bradley Scott vs. Robert Whittaker; George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    1:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

    8:00 p.m. ET AXS: The Voice Versus Tito Ortiz discusses being kicked off the reality show and his relationship with Jenna Jameson.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Belfort vs. Bisping Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping; C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian; Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell; Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA EPISODE: 314 Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten discuss Bellator; Michael Schiavello and Pat Miletich preview Lion Fight 12.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: AXS TV Fights Lion Fight 12 Malaipet fights Fabio Pinca for welterweight; Tiffany Van Soest meets Magali Foroni; live from Las Vegas.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Episode 9: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Sacrifice Final preliminary fights - one on the men's side and one on the women's.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Chandler vs. Alvarez: Unfinished Business Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez recount their first battle. Experts and fans will also discuss the rematch on November 2nd.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    11:30 p.m. ET AXS: Countdown to Chandler vs. Alvarez II Lightweight Champ Michael Chandler and former Champ Eddie Alvarez.

    11:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide





    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 9: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Sacrifice Final preliminary fights - one on the men's side and one on the women's.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Heavyweights

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 9: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Sacrifice Final preliminary fights - one on the men's side and one on the women's.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night Episode 18
    Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann; Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero; Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tyson Griffin; Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller. From April 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tenn.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Mauricio Rua vs Dan Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson vs Vladimir Matyushenko, and Rogerio Nogueira vs Tito Ortiz.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 9: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Sacrifice Final preliminary fights - one on the men's side and one on the women's.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Heavyweights

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz; Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard; Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo; Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck; Alessio Sakara vs. Nicholas Musoke; Phil Harris vs. John Lineker. From Manchester, England.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Chandler vs. Alvarez: Unfinished Business
    Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez recount their first battle. Experts and fans will also discuss the rematch on November 2nd.

    11:30 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Countdown to Chandler vs. Alvarez II

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  • Jeremy Botter Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen





    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Bleacher Report MMA's Jeremy Botter.

    Before this week's Carlos Condit-Martin Kampmann and Anthony Pettis-Benson Henderson rematches inside the Octagon, Breen and Botter assess the massive slate of MMA rematches on deck foe 2013, also including Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman, Miesha Tate-Ronda Rousey, Dan Henderson-Vitor Belfort, Eddie Alvarez-Michael Chandler 2 and many others. The two discuss the history of rematches in the UFC and MMA at large, why rematches might be more commonplace in MMA and what makes this particular set of second go-arounds more intriguing than your average set of potential revenge matches.

    Breen and Botter also discuss whether rematches like Pettis-Henderson and Alvarez-Chandler can live up to the originals, which fight of all the rematches might be the best bout and which fighters that haven't even squared off yet might be set for rematch-laden rivalries in the next few years.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

    The above file can be saved in MP3 format here.

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  • Podcast: Cheap Seats By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Jordan Breen was back in the “Cheap Seats” today on the Sherdog Radio Network. For two hours, “The Mastermind” took listener calls, emails and tweets. Breen also broke down the marketing strategy behind the November Bellator MMA pay-per-view, and if he thinks we will see the return of Eddie Alvarez to the Viacom-owned promotion.

    Check it out here!

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  • Bjorn Rebney: Settlement Not Likely in Legal Dispute with Eddie Alvarez By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, on the May 1 episode of “Beatdown,” discussing Bellator’s legal battle with Eddie Alvarez:

    “It’s just gone dark. A couple of months ago I thought there might be an opening for a settlement. I was hopeful and we were talking with Ed and his team and it looked like there was an opening, and at this point, it doesn’t look like there was an opening. We’re allowing the legal process to follow through and go down the road that it goes through, which is not a quick road. There’s really nothing to report. … Ed and I had some contact a couple of months ago, and that was the genesis of us sitting down and talking, when I thought the door opened and we might have a chance to settle. We sat down and we had a good conversation, and I thought there was some light at the end of the tunnel, and it just didn’t come to fruition. It was disappointing. I’d love to get it settled. I would have liked to have gotten it settled then, but at this point, it doesn’t look like it’s going to settle.”

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  • Chad Dundas Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by ESPN.com contributor Chad Dundas.

    After a week rough of publicity for Bellator MMA, Breen and Dundas discuss the ongoing issues facing the promotion as it heads into the 2013 Summer Series. The two outline the nasty legal situation with former champion Eddie Alvarez, current welterweight titlist Ben Askren's comments about the promotion's drug testing policies, Leonard Garcia's “phantom” offer and what the company can do to combat these particular situations.

    Breen and Dundas also discuss Bellator's free agent strategies, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Motley Crue as entrance music and much more.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

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  • Bellator v. Alvarez: Rebney Goes On The Offensive By: Greg Savage




    For months now MMA fans and pundits alike have wondered how the Eddie Alvarez contract situation with Bellator was going to play out. Last week we all got a better idea of just how acrimonious things have gotten between the Spike TV-based fight promotion and their former lightweight champion.

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