Alvarez Passing Up Chandler Trilogy Because ‘Brooks Is Easier’
“I’ve never picked a fight in my whole career. I’m not a promoter, I’m not a manager. I’ve never picked a fight. I’ve simply gotten the call from the promotion to tell me who I’m fighting, and I took the fight. I get very uncomfortable when you ask me who I want to fight. I think that’s a shitty part of the sport.
“But when you put an interim title up, it’s only fair that the guy who wins that title should get the next fight with the champion. It only makes sense. Things get kind of weird for everyone if you end up fighting a guy who’s not the interim champ. So just to keep everything correct and not getting ugly, I think the interim champ should get the shot.”
“If I’m not fighting Will Brooks, who everybody believes that’s who I should get next, then yeah, the decision will be being made for me…”
Eddie Also said,
“Will, whatever conspiracy theories people are coming out with, I’m letting you know, I’m the realest dude you’re going to talk to in this. You’re talking to promoters and managers… don’t buy it, dude. As a veteran of this sport — you’ve been here a couple years — trust fighters. Don’t trust managers and promoters. Trust what a fighter tells you. When I say that you’re the fight I want, you’re the fight I want, dude.
“I could easily go to the media and day, let’s do Chandler-Alvarez III. It makes more sense financially for me to do that. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying it’s you. I’m trying to help you out. I’m trying to get you a title shot. And in all honestyI’m doing it because I think you’re the easier guy, and I am trying to get out of here easier… I think Mike is a tougher match-up, so I’m trying to get the easier match-up here. You’re right.”
In a recent interview with MMAFighting.com, Bellator lightweight champ, Eddie Alvarez discussed his deal with Bellator and who he wants to fight next.