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ONE Championship signs former UFC lightweight king Eddie Alvarez

ONE Championship announced today the signing of former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (29-6-0, 1NC) to its roster.

“I am thrilled to announce that multiple-time world champion Eddie Alvarez will be joining ONE Championship on a multiple-bout contract,” CEO and chairman Chatri Sityodtong said in a press release. “Eddie is one of the world’s best martial artists in the world, and is no doubt a tremendous addition to the ONE roster. The ONE Championship roster is incredibly deep with talents such as Shinya Aoki, Eduard Folayang, and Amir Khan, among others. I am excited to have Eddie in that mix and to see some amazing matchups and performances. This is no doubt one of the biggest athlete signings in the history of ONE Championship.”

Alvarez, 34, first got noticed in Bellator, where he became the promotion’s first lightweight champion, and winning it once more over Michael Chandler in November 2013. He attracted the attention of the UFC, which after some back and forth, finally signed him in 2014.

“The Underground King” went 4-3-0, with a no-contest in the UFC. His crowning achievement was defeating Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90 in July 2016 to win the lightweight crown.

Financial terms were not disclosed.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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