Eddie Alvarez talks about training alongside Frankie EdgarPosted on March 10, 2011, 03:39 AM by Daniel Cassidy
“We trade secrets, push each other, go after each other. It’s like iron sharpens iron. We push each other, make each other better. It makes for a good relationship as we make each other better.”
“We say that me & Frankie are both No. 1 in the world. There’s no conflict of interest. We have different goals. Frankie wants to be No. 1 in his promotion, the UFC. I want to be No. 1 in the world outside of the UFC. No. 1 out of all the other promotions. So we have no conflicting goals. We’re taking ourselves and separating ourselves from the pack. You’re going to have a whole lot of 155-pounders at one level, and we’re pushing each other to separate ourselves from the rest of them. As long as I’m not in UFC and going for the gold, and he’s not outside of the UFC, there’s no conflict of interest at all.”
“I wouldn’t have a problem fighting Frankie, and I don’t think Frankie would have a problem fighting me. We fight each other every week, make each other better every week. If it came down to it and Dana [White] said, ‘Frankie we need you to fight this guy’, do I think Frankie would do it? I think Frankie would be for it and I’d be for it as long as the money was there. But I’m never going to say, ‘Frankie, I want your spot, I want your job.’ And I hope he never says that to me. There’s a ton of other guys out there for me to prove myself against.”
Current Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez is training alongside his UFC counterpart in Frankie Edgar. With his first official title defence only a few weeks away, the well decorated boxer will face Pat Curran on April 2nd at Bellator 39. With only two losses on his record to date, (a heel hook submission against Shinya Aoki, and a TKO loss against Josh Thomson) Alvarez makes a very good case to be considered top ten.
With an overall record of 21-2, Alvarez already holds notable wins over Roger Huerta, Toby Imelda, Joachim Hansen and Josh Neer. Currently fighting for Bellator, he also fights under the DREAM banner. Alvarez was rumoured to be facing Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez in a cross promotional bout, however nothing ever came of the rumours, despite Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebeny making several calls to his Strikeforce counterpart Scott Coker.