One Championship: absent Eddie Alvarez still one of the best in the world, says Chatri

South China Morning Post Dipublikasikan 17.10, 10/10/2019
One Championship: absent Eddie Alvarez still one of the best in the world, says Chatri

There was a notable absence on stage for the One: Century pre-event press conference at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Tokyo.

Former UFC legend and champion Eddie Alvarez should have been sitting up there, preparing to take on "Dagi" Arslanaliev in the final of One Championship's lightweight grand prix.

But injury struck and "The Underground King" was replaced by One lightweight champion Christian Lee for Sunday morning's bout.

Asked where Alvarez fits back into the picture in the division, One CEO Chatri Sityodtong was slightly taken aback.

"I haven't thought that far, I've been so focused on One: Century," Chatri said, laughing. "I love Eddie, he showed why he's a world champion, getting dominated by Eduard Folayang on the feet (in Manila).

"He was injured and it looked like he was one or two punches away from the fight being over, but he comes back with an incredible flower sweep and chokes out Eduard."

The 35-year-old Alvarez pulled out of the fight two weeks ago, but Chatri feels he is still right in the hunt for the title.

"Eddie definitely, no matter what, I do believe when he's on and his mind is there, he's one of the best lightweights in the world," Chatri said.

"Having won both the Bellator and UFC world championships, he's the only man to do so in history. The question is, can he become truly a legend by adding a third world title to his credentials?"

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