Eddie Alvarez is Gambling with his Career
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This weekend, the UFC is back in Canada, this time in Calgary and on big boy FOX. In its headliner, Eddie Alvarez faces Dustin Poirier to firm up a potential #1 contender in the increasingly complicated Lightweight division.
Something that isn’t being heavily discussed, however, is the fact that Eddie Alvarez is on the last fight of his contract. He previously rejected a contract this year, saying the terms simply weren’t good enough for “The Underground King.” So this Saturday’s outcome is HUUUUGE for Alvarez, and more specifically, his pocket book.
To be clear, Eddie Alvarez will definitely continue to make money and above average money in MMA after this weekend. He’s just really good. But, depending on the outcome, he could be making great money instead of just above average. There are two scenarios of how this weekend pans out:
Scenario 1: He wins
Poirier and Alvarez both are just on the outside of the title picture, looking in. With a decisive victory, either by a dominant decision or by finish, both would get flung into discussion of who gets the next crack at Khabib. Should Alvarez win and solidify himself at elite of the elite at 155 again, it puts him in a very advantageous position for negotiating his new contract. I can’t see the UFC letting a guy walk when he just beat an elite contender and could justifiably get a title shot. This is obviously the great money situation. Even if he somehow were allowed to pursue other offers, he will get paid top dollar by either Bellator to bring him back or another growing organization. A win likely sets up Alvarez well financially for a long time.
Scenario 2: He doesn’t win
On the contrary, a loss does a world of hurt for the former champion. If he gets soundly beaten and Poirier is launched into title contention, Alvarez will be left out in the cold. The UFC will have the upper hand in negotiations, and it may be that he would have wished he accepted the offer from earlier this year.
Either way, I hope Alvarez stays in the UFC and he gets the sort of money he wants. This is a sport where you seldom make enough to live comfortably, let alone have money for after fighting is over, so if you make it to the top, you deserve to be compensated as such.