Eddy Alvarez

Christian Lee on Eddie Alvarez: He's not ready, needs to win a fight.

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When former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez signed with ONE Championship in 2019, the expectation was that he would eventually steamroll his way through the lightweight division and challenge for the world title.

Alvarez had achieved a high level of success throughout his storied career, capturing multiple world titles en route to a stellar 29-6 professional record before he even stepped foot in the Circle. However, things have not gone as planned for Alvarez.

He was welcomed to ONE Championship by Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin and with the American already holding wins over elite strikers like Justin Gaethje, Rafael dos Anjos, and Anthony Pettis, the expectation was once again that Alvarez would get the job done with relative ease.

As it turns out, that wasn't the case.

Nastyukhin absolutely decimated Alvarez, delivering a barrage of heavy hands that would bury Alvarez along the Circle Wall before the referee mercifully called a halt to the contest.

Alvarez followed up his disappointing debut with a quick submission victory over former champion Eduard Folayang to get back into the win column, but would lose a disqualification to Iuri Lapicus earlier this year after hitting the Moldovian repeatedly with illegal strikes to the back of the head. After a review that Alvarez' team requested, that ruling would later be overturned to a no contest.

A motivated Alvarez now with a huge chip on his shoulder came back just two weeks later to seemingly right his wrongs. Unfortunately, he suffered yet another setback, falling to South Korean Ok Rae Yoon by unanimous decision.

At this point, Alvarez' record with ONE would drop to a disappointing 1-2 (1 NC).

One man who has no doubt been frustrated with Alvarez' career trajectory in the world's largest martial arts organization is none other than the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion himself, Christian Lee.

Speaking to the media at a recent virtual Zoom session, Lee talked about the potential matchup.

"Eddie Alvarez, he was the big name that ONE Championship signed from the UFC, and initially I thought there was a lot of hype behind him," said Lee, who has won the belt and defended it twice since Alvarez's arrival with the organization in 2019. "A lot of people thought he would just run straight up to the top and take the lightweight world title. But since then he hasn't been able to put a string of wins together enough to warrant a title shot."

Despite his lack of recent success, Alvarez competing for a title with ONE Championship is not out of the question.

When considering his acumen and international popularity, one or two solid victories may be all it takes for the American to skip the queue. This rings true especially when considering Lee will be taking on Ok Rae Yoon on September 24 at ONE: REVOLUTION, with a chance to entirely clear out the lightweight top five.

The 23-year-old Singaporean star out of Hawaii described the state of the division as "empty," before explaining what Alvarez needs to do in order to receive a championship bout agreement.

"As of right now, Eddie Alvarez is coming off of a loss, so he's not ready for a title shot. If we talk a little bit later down the line, maybe if Eddie wins a few fights, then he's going to be the next fight," said Lee, in a sardonic show of support for his contemporary. "Ideally it would be great if he [could win] in impressive fashion, you know, get a finish…  if he can just win some fights he could work his way up to a title shot."

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/other/christian-lee-on-eddie-alvarez-he-e2-80-99s-not-ready-needs-to-win-a-fight/ar-AAOEeB3

ONE Championship: Christian Lee still waiting on Eddie Alvarez to win a fight, says UFC legend not worthy of title shot

Source:South China Morning Post

ONE Championship: Christian Lee still waiting on Eddie Alvarez to win a fight, says UFC legend not worthy of title shot

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