|Nickname||The Silent Assassin|
|Weight Class||Lightweight (155 lbs.)|
|Height||5′ 8″ (173 cm)|
|Birth Date||January 11, 1984|
|Fighting Out Of||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Eddie Alvarez Pictures||[http://www.alvarezfight.com/ Eddie Alvarez’s Official Site]|
”’Eddie “The Silent Assasin” Alvarez”’ is an American mixed martial artist and former BodogFIGHT Welterweight Champion. Alvarez currently competes for Bellator Fighting Championships, where he became the first-ever Bellator Lightweight Champion by defeating Toby Imada.
== Professional Record ==
|Record||24 – 3 – 0 (Win ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚“ Loss ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚“ Draw)|
|Loss||Patricky Freire||KO (Head Kick and Punches)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 76||10/12/2012||1||4:54|
|Win||Shinya Aoki||TKO (Punches)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 66||4/20/2012||1||2:14|
|Loss||Michael Chandler||Subimssion (Rear Naked Choke)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 58||11/19/2011||4||3:06||Lost Bellator Lightweight Championship|
|Win||Pat Curran||Decision (Unanimous)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 39||4/02/2011||5||5:00||Defended Bellator Lightweight Championship|
|Win||Roger Huerta||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 33||10/21/2010||2||5:00||Non-Title Superfight|
|Win||Josh Neer||Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 17||5/06/2010||2||2:08||Non-title bout; Catchweight (160 lbs.)|
|Win||Katsunori Kikuno||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||DREAM 12 The Cage of the Rising Sun||10/25/2009||2||3:42|
|Win||Toby Imada||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 12||6/19/2009||2||0:38||[[Bellator Season One Lightweight Tournament | Season One Lightweight Tournament]] Final; Won first-ever Bellator Lightweight Championship|
|Win||Eric Reynolds||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 5||5/01/2009||3||1:30||[[Bellator Season One Lightweight Tournament | Season One Lightweight Tournament]] Semifinal|
|Win||Greg Loughran||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 1||4/03/2009||1||2:44||[[Bellator Season One Lightweight Tournament | Season One Lightweight Tournament]] Opening Round|
|Loss||Shinya Aoki||Submission (Heel Hook)||[[K-1: Dynamite!! Power of Courage 2008]]||12/31/2008||1||1:32||For vacant WAMMA Lightweight Championship|
|Win||Tatsuya Kawajiri||TKO (Punches)||DREAM 5 Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final||7/21/2008||1||7:35||DREAM 2008 Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinals; forced out of finals due to injury|
|Win||Joachim Hansen||Decision (Unanimous)||DREAM 3 Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Quarterfinals||5/11/2008||2||5:00||DREAM 2008 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals|
|Win||Andre Amade||TKO (Punches)||DREAM 1 Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Opening Round||3/15/2008||1||6:47||DREAM 2008 Lightweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Win||Ross Ebanez||TKO (Punches)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||1/25/2008||2||2:32||Catchweight|
|Win||Matt Lee||Decision (Unanimous)||Bodog Fight: Alvarez vs Lee||7/14/2007||3||5:00|
|Loss||Nick Thompson||TKO (Punches)||Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations||4/14/2007||2||4:32||Lost BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship|
|Win||Scott Henze||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat||2/17/2007||1||4:13|
|Win||Aaron Riley||KO (Punches)||Bodog Fight: USA vs Russia||12/02/2006||1||1:05||Won BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship|
|Win||Hidenobu Koike||TKO (Punches)||MARS 4: New Deal||8/26/2006||1||1:26|
|Win||Derrick Noble||KO (Punches)||MFC: USA vs Russia 3||6/03/2006||1||1:01|
|Win||Daisuke Hanazawa||TKO (Punches)||Euphoria: USA vs Japan||11/05/2005||1||4:00|
|Win||Danila Veselov||TKO (Punches)||Euphoria: USA vs Russia||5/14/2005||2||2:15|
|Win||Seichi Ikemoto||TKO (Punches)||Euphoria: USA vs World||2/26/2005||2||1:25|
|Win||Chris Schlesinger||Submission (Punches)||RF 7: Reality Fighting 7||10/16/2004||1||1:00||Won Reality Fighting Welterweight Championship (Inaugural)|
|Win||Adam Fearon||Submission (Punches)||ROC 6 Ring of Combat 6||4/24/2004||1||2:06|
|Win||Anthony Ladonna||KO (Punches)||ROC 5 Ring of Combat 5||12/14/2003||1||3:57|
== Personal Life ==
Of Puerto Rican and Spanish descent, Alvarez was born and raised in Kensington, Philadelphia, a rough neighborhood with a reputation for violent crime and an abundance of street narcotics. Growing up just several minutes away from where most of the principle photography was shot for the Rocky movies, Alvarez made a name for himself on the streets of Kensington as one of its toughest inhabitants. Much like the Rocky character, Alvarez overcame a lack of size in various street encounters due to a strong fighting spirit and heavy hands.
Known to many in MMA for his Boxing prowess, Alvarez was a wrestler at Northeast Catholic High School. College would not be in the cards for Alvarez though, as he immediately pursued a professional career in MMA at the age of 18. With only eight months of formal training, Alvarez made his pro debut right out of high school.
Due to his lack of formal MMA training, Alvarez initially relied on an extensive street fighting background. He would go on to carry his self-professed undefeated record in unsanctioned fights over into sanctioned fighting, amassing a perfect 10-0 record.
Alvarez utilized the financial success afforded to him through fighting to move his family out of Kensington and into the friendlier confines of Northeast Philadelphia following the birth of his first son, Eddie Jr. It was imperative to Alvarez to move his family out of the old neighborhood because he didn’t want his son exposed to the same dangerous influences that he grew up around.
== Mixed Martial Arts Career ==
Alvarez won the MFC Welterweight title in his seventh pro fight in June 2006 when he KO’d Derrick Noble just 1:01 into round 1. The MFC Welterweight title would later be re-branded the BodogFIGHT Welterweight title after several MFC fighter contracts were transferred over to Bodog, most notably Alvarez’s.
In spite of the fact that many insiders didn’t view 170 pounds to be Alvarez’s best competitive fighting weight, he continued to fight larger opponents because he relished the challenge of testing his mettle against bigger fighters. At Bodog Fight’s “Clash of the Nations” pay-per-view in Russia on April 14, 2007, Alvarez’s size disadvantage would be exposed, as he suffered his first career loss when he was TKO’d against UFC veteran Nick Thompson at 4:32 into round 2.
After deciding to leave Bodog, Alvarez quickly found a new home in EliteXC where he competed in their 160 pound division against Ross Ebanez, winning by TKO. A few weeks prior to the first event, it was announced that the upstart Japanese promotion DREAM, started by the minds behind PRIDE FC and [[K-1]] had signed Alvarez to compete in their 154 pound grand prix.
His initial fight was against Andre Amade, another potent striker, hailing from the notorious Chute Boxe Academy. During the fight, Alvarez was dropped by a strong right hand, but was able to recover and use his superior wrestling to score a TKO due to strikes from mount late in the first round.
Alvarez advanced to the second round of the tournament where he defeated top ranked Lightweight fighter Joachim Hansen on May 11, 2008 by unanimous decision in an exciting fight. Hansen, who was known for his ability to take a punch, was dropped twice in the fight and dazed numerous other times by Alvarez’s strikes.
At DREAM 5, Alvarez knocked out top ranked Lightweight fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri in the semi-finals. However, he was unable to advance in the tournament due to a cut and severe swelling under his right eye. Alvarez’s replacement was none other than the man he defeated 2 months earlier, Joachim Hansen. Hansen went on to win the tournament and capture the DREAM Lightweight title.
Alvarez was scheduled to face UFC and PRIDE veteran Nick Diaz for the EliteXC 160 pound title on November 8, 2008, but that fight was scrapped when EliteXC’s parent ProElite closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. On New Year’s Eve 2008 Alvarez fought against Shinya Aoki at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008, losing by submission in the first round. The fight was to determine the first WAMMA Lightweight Champion.
He has since been signed to an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships.
=== Bellator Fighting Championships ===
Alvarez was signed by Bellator Fighting Championships and entered the Lightweight tournament in April 2009. He defeated Greg Loughran in the first round with a Guillotine Choke in the first round to advance to the second round, where he submitted Eric Reynolds in the third round with a Rear Naked Choke.
While Bellator was waiting to start their second Lightweight tournament, they allowed Alvarez to compete elsewhere, in hopes to get attention for their champion. He faced current DEEP Lightweight Champion Katsunori Kikuno on October 25, 2009 at DREAM 12 The Cage of the Rising Sun. The decision looked as though it could be a disastrous one early on, as Kikuno frustrated Alvarez early. Alvarez was unable to get the fight to the ground, dodged an early Neck Crank and absorbed some body shots before the first round ended. Alvarez, though, quickly took over in the second round and dropped Kikuno with a big right hand. He then nearly ended the fight with a Guillotine Choke but scored a subsequent takedown and locked in the fight-ending Arm Triangle Choke.
It was announced in February of 2010 that Alvarez would return to action in May 2010, where he will face off against UFC veteran Josh Neer in a non-title “Super-Fight” for Bellator. Bellator planned on utilizing its first-season champions in “non-tournament, non-title catchweight” fights as they wait for new contenders to emerge from the season two tournaments. Under these circumstances, the bout will take place at a catchweight of 160 lbs.
It was also learned in late February of 2010 that the Kikuno fight was his last fight on his DREAM contract, and that his obligations were to be to Bellator, and Bellator alone.
The non-title, super fight with Josh Neer took place at Bellator 17. Alvarez took Neer down frequently in the opening frame and delivered punishment from top position. When Neer proved unwilling to go to the canvas in the second round, Alvarez locked in a Rear Naked Choke from a standing position and followed his opponent to the floor as he fell victim to the hold. The bout was stopped at 2:08 of the second round.
: “I think he’s an amazing fighter and that’s why I call out Eddie Alvarez ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚“ let’s unify those titles,” Melendez said. “I’d love to fight that guy and test myself. I think if I could beat him, I could be No. 1 and vice-versa.”
On June 10, 2010 at Bellator 21, the 2010 Bellator Lightweight Tournament came to a close, crowning a new tournament winner and finding the contender for Alvarez’s title. Pat Curran, a dark horse in the competition, won the tournament by defeating the man who Alvarez defeated to earn the title, Toby Imada. Unfortunately for Curran, he was forced out of his title fight due to undisclosed reasons and would be replaced by another Season Two Tournament participant, Roger Huerta, though the fight would no longer have the title on the line. Instead the fight would be considered a Non-Title “Super Fight.”
== Fight History ==
* Former BodogFIGHT Welterweight Champion. The title was originally known as the Mixed Fighting Championship Welterweight title.
* Two time National Prep place winning wrestler while in high school.
* Extensive street fighting background. Claims to be undefeated in unsanctioned fights.
== Championships and Accomplishments ==
* BodogFIGHT Welterweight Champion (2006)
* DREAM 2008 Lightweight Grand Prix finalist (2008)
** Forced off finals due to injury – Doctors would not let him continue
* Fought for vacant WAMMA Lightweight Championship (2008)
* Won first Bellator Lightweight Tournament (2009)
* Bellator Lightweight Champion (2009)