Though it was not a title fight or a number-one-contender bout, it’s arguable that UFC 218’s Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje fight was the most anticipated feature on the bill. Widely viewed as a Fight of the Night, Fight of the Month, even Fight of the Year contender, the matchup had MMA’s blood-addicted fans crazed with excitement from the moment it was announced.
Occasionally, fights of the Alvarez-Gaethje variety fail to deliver. Thankfully, this Fight of the Year Contender absolutely lived up to the hype. It delivered in the biggest way possible, as these two deities from the pantheon of carnage and violence pummelled each other into black and blue putty for two and a half frenzied rounds.
In the end, of course, Alvarez found his way to a decisive win, softening Gaethje up with beautiful body work until he found an opening for a fight-ending knee to the face.
With this win over Gaethje, Alvarez is now widely considered MMA’s true king of violence. Though we have seen that he can be beaten, there is simply no rivalling him when it comes to pure ferocity.
To honor MMA’s king of violence, acclaimed graphic artist BossLogic has designed a fantastic poster which shows Alvarez decked out in a crown of nails and barbed wire.
See BossLogic’s epic tribute to the king of violence below:
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 4, 2017
Over the course of his legendary career, Eddie Alvarez has engaged in unforgettable brawls with stars like Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen, Michael Chandler, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Dustin Poirier, and now, Gaethje. He’s won some, and he’s lost some, but through it all, he’s proven himself as a true titan of the lightweight division, and one of the most MMA’s most fearsome forces period.
What do you think of BossLogic’s incredible paean to Eddie Alvarez?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/12/2017.