Alvarez: UFC's lightweights not most talented, just most well known

by Jeff Wagenheim | source: si.com
 

So he can move on to thinking about the UFC, maybe? I mean, when he's training with that organization's lightweight belt holder, Frankie Edgar, as he does once or twice a week, doesn't he ever wish he were the one who gets to test his skills against the likes of Gray Maynard, B.J. Penn, Anthony Pettis, Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk and the others who make the UFC lightweight division so deep?

"You're just mentioning names," Alvarez responded. "And they're only important names why? Because they fight for the UFC. Or else they'd be nobodies. The UFC does a great job of pushing them, and they're popular. It doesn't mean they're talented. It just means they're known."

Wait a second. Alvarez is boiling down those fighters' first-rate reputations to promotional muscle? He's refusing to acknowledge that even UFC guys who've never worn a belt, like Maynard and Florian, would be dominant in Bellator, as pretty much everyone in MMA believes?

"I guarantee that if you put them in a tournament structure like Bellator, they're not going to win it every time," Alvarez said. "Gray Maynard? Kenny Florian? All these guys, they're UFC fighters, that's all. They're pushed by the UFC, but when they leave the UFC, they're forgotten. When's the last time you heard Josh Neer's name? You haven't. When's the last time you heard about Roger Hurerta? You haven't. They're no ones anymore. What were they two years ago? They were superstars."

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PhillyFights site profile image  

4/1/11 3:43 PM by PhillyFights

I know they're training partners, but look around at what Frankie Edgar has to say about Alvarez. The interviews are out there. If Frankie spars with him weekly, and thinks he could compete for the title, I'm inclined to believe him.I hear they have some real wars in their sparring sessions.

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4/1/11 3:40 PM by WatchinMMA

 stfu. aoki got completely dominated when he actually came over from his safe haven in japan. open your eyes

KingstonHawke site profile image  

4/1/11 3:28 PM by KingstonHawke

He could hang with any striker out there. But how is he gonna fair against the better wrestlers in the division? I think I could name 5 fighters that I think would beat Alv heads up, and I'm not even counting Sanchez or Penn.

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4/1/11 3:28 PM by KingstonHawke

He could hang with any striker out there. But how is he gonna fair against the better wrestlers in the division? I think I could name 5 fighters that I think would beat Alv heads up, and I'm not even counting Sanchez or Penn.

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4/1/11 2:03 PM by Onnie804yamsaki

LOL see melendez fight, he couldnt even come close to getting it to the ground. Frankie and gray would demolish him in spectacular fashion. Your logic is aoki finishes in a shitty org, and frankie and gray havent lately in the best. So he would beat frankie and gray cause he finishes? Stop with the finishing bullshit already.... FAIL

FenceGrab site profile image  

4/1/11 1:54 PM by FenceGrab

 Ehh come on now, I think you're being a little tough on the guy. I would bet he makes it to a title shot.

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4/1/11 1:14 PM by subwrassler

14 yrs old?

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4/1/11 1:13 PM by subwrassler

lol at you. you have single-handedly made this thread a complete joke. you own the 2 most ridiculous statements on the thread. you called Aoki a scrub AND you claimed that Alvarez would get his ass handed to him by ufc gatekeepers. "lol at this guy", you said. no respect for a top 5 lw.if you're serious, you're a complete tool that can't even spell let alone understand MMA.

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4/1/11 11:48 AM by ILOVEFIGHTING

Eddie is a great fighter but its the same ole story the guy not in the UFC saying he is the best to stir shit up. He may very well be the best but there are some great fighters at 55 so he should respec. I got Miller schooling him.

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4/1/11 10:19 AM by grkblood

 ...but I am impressed with this rhyming thread title.