Eddie Alvarez next fight will be for the UFC lightweight title and the event will exclusively on Fight Pass. For some, the idea of fighting for a world title on Fight Pass would be a slight of sorts, but the organization has strategically been putting big fights on the online service to help eye balls to it. For Alvarez, where his fight broadcasts couldn’t matter less:
“I don’t give a s**t where [this fight takes place],” Alvarez told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “I don’t care if they even got a ref in there. Where this thing is and when it airs and where it airs, that ain’t got nothing to do with me. I’m getting a world title shot. I’m getting the opportunity to do something that I’ve been fighting 13 years for. I don’t care where they view this or if they view this at all. I couldn’t give two sh**s. I just want that title shot.”
Many fans, however, don’t share Alvarez’s view. When his matchup with dos Anjos was announced, considerable blow-back followed. The fight will be shown live on UFC Fight Pass, marking the first time a men’s title fight ever aired via the online streaming service.
Alvarez reiterates: This point just does not matter.
“We can make it [the fight] on the walkway on the way out,” Alvarez said. “We could fight right there. Fighting, it doesn’t matter, man. We’re going to get this thing done, and it’s going to be done violently, in a high-pace, violent fashion. That’s it. It don’t matter what venue it’s on, what channel it’s on, if it’s on at all. The title fight is happening, and Eddie Alvarez is about to be the next lightweight champion whether you like it or not.”