The former UFC heavyweight and popular MMA personality Brendan Schaub recently made a very strong argument for the inclusion of the lightweight legend Eddie Alvarez in the UFC’s Hall of Fame.
Eddie Alvarez’s stock took something of a hit following his destruction at the hands of the reigning lightweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 205, but for those in the know, his slow rise through the ranks of the MMA game has been nothing short of astounding, front-to-back.
Alvarez epitomises the words ‘Philly-brawler’ down to a tee. For years, he plied his trade across the world, taking on the sport’s very best lightweights in the likes of Bellator, BodogFight and DREAM before his eventual UFC call-up and the title win that followed.
His thrilling showdowns with Michael Chandler stand among in the most electric in the sport’s history and since his move over the world’s premier MMA promotion, his wins over Gilbert Melendez, Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis have done nothing but help to solidify his standing among the very best to ever compete in the one of the UFC’s most consistently tough divisions.
In a recent edition of his Big Brown Breakdown podcast, the former UFC heavyweight and Ultimate Fighter contestant Brendan Schaub put forth a very strong argument that Alvarez’s resumé has done more than enough to warrant his inclusion the UFC’s Hall of Fame and when you hear him lay out his case, it’s very hard to deny that the ‘Underground King’ isn’t among the most iconic 155lb figures in mixed martial arts history.
“Look who Eddie has beat being the Bellator champion and the UFC champion. He’s a hall of famer. Hate to tell you guys this but not a lot of people are talking about this. He’s a straight up hall of famer. Bellator champ, UFC champ. If you don’t know who Eddie Alvarez is, go back and watch his fights when he fought Michael Chandler in Bellator, they’re ridiculous.”
“You go through all the guys he has beat. Let’s just go over some of the names. He beat [Shinya] Aoki, who you die-hard MMA fans know, he beat Chandler, he beat Patrick ‘Pitbull’ [Freire] by KO head kick. Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis, [Rafael] dos Anjos. He’s been doing work forever.”
Alvarez’s fights – over the course of his career – may well come together to form one of the most essential watchlists in the history of MMA and like Schaub said, his successful transition to the UFC and the big-names he took out when he made the switch have surely at least made him a viable candidate for Hall of Fame honours in the future.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena