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Tuesday, 12/06/2011, 02:12 pm

MMA NEWS – Eddie Alvarez Leaves Monte Cox, Joins Authentic Sports Management's UFC Heavy Roster


Authentic Sports Management (ASM) today announced that it has signed Eddie Alvarez, the top ten-ranked 155-pounder and former Bellator Lightweight Champion. Alvarez (22-3) has built a reputation as one of the absolute best in his division, and has finished 19 of his 22 victims in dominant fashion. Alvarez now adds to the growing roster of fighters known as “The Blackzilians” and becomes the latest professional athlete to put his career in the hands of Glenn Robinson and his hard-working team at ASM.

“I had the opportunity to meet Glenn Robinson and everyone involved in the operation at ASM, and it was exactly what I was looking for at this point in my career,” said Alvarez. “Everything is so organized. Glenn has amazing talent working for him, not just the trainers, but also all of the professionals there. I like the way he does business, he’s the same kind of guy as me, he treats everyone like family, so this is a perfect fit for me.”

“I come from New Jersey not too far away from where Eddie lives, and as soon as we meet, it was as if I knew him for years,” said Glenn Robinson, President, Authentic Sports Management. “He is a truly a self made man who puts family and friends at the top of his list. No matter what you ask him…his first thought is how it affects his family. I love the kid. Eddie thank you! I appreciate your trust and, as with all my guys, I won’t let you down.”

At only 27 years old, the 5’10″ Alvarez has already secured his spot amongst the elite in the lightweight division. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the tough as nails competitor was originally a wrestler in high school. After being awarded many accolades, he graduated from high school, and only eight months later, he competed in his first professional mixed martial arts bout. Alvarez opened his career with ten straight victories, which included wins over UFC vets Aaron Riley and Derrick Noble. Consistently competing in a weight class higher than the one he should be in, it finally caught up with him, as he lost to a larger fighter in UFC vet Nick Thompson. Alvarez would rebound strongly from this first defeat.

Alvarez next won six straight bouts, including one over Joachim Hansen, and, in a “Fight of the Year” scrap, one against Tatsuya Kawajiri. He suffered only his second career loss against fellow top-ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki, but came back with seven victories in a row. He has showcased his skills all over the world, in promotions from Dream to EliteXC to Bellator, and has also featured a crowd-pleasing style. He suffered a setback recently, as he dropped his title to Michael Chandler in his most recent bout, but he is eager to get back into the cage and once again dominate the 155-pound weight class.

Eddie Alvarez is now part of the premier roster of fighters with ASM, including “Suga” Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Matt Mitrione, Miguel Torres, Jake Shields, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Jorge Santiago, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, Claude Patrick, Yuri and Danillo Villefort, and Cosmo Alexandre.

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