Midnight Mania! ‘Underground King’ Departs One Championship

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Eddie Alvarez has traveled far and wide fighting many of the best Lightweights of all time, and “The Underground King” isn’t stopping just yet. Per a report from South China Morning Post, Alvarez and One Championship have agreed to part ways. The former Bellator and UFC champion last fought for the promotion in April 2021, losing a competitive decision to soon-to-be champion Ok Rae Yoon.

Alvarez has made it a habit of capturing the belt in any promotion he fights for, but that plan fell apart a bit in One. Alvarez lost his debut to Timofey Nastyukhin via strikes but did rebound in impression fashion against Edward Folayang (HIGHLIGHTS). That victory would be the final one of his One Championship career, however, as Alvarez followed it up with a “No Contest” before coming up short to Yoon last year.

Earlier, Alvarez took to Twitter to confirm he parted ways on good terms and that he’s ready to keep fighting elsewhere.

Confirmed, I am no longer with ONE. We parted ways amicably and I remain on good terms with the ONE team. I want to thank Chatri for the opportunity and I look forward to watching their continued success. I’m officially a free agent and Ready to Hunt. Tell me whose next? UGK

At 38 years of age, Alvarez likely has some good options. He’s a decorated, multiple promotion champion with a recognizable name, and a return to Bellator or UFC is not impossible. The $1 million prize in PFL could be tempting, and they’ve been signing other former UFC champions like Anthony Pettis and Rory MacDonald.

Alvarez has also flirted with a trip into the boxing ring as well, so it remains to be seen where his future lies. Or, as an unlikely but intriguing option, Nate Diaz needs a dance partner given his own free agent status?

Stay tuned.

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