A lightweight bout between two of the most violent fighters in the history of the game may be close to coming a reality.
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani broke the news moments ago on social media that a matchup between former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez (28-5) and the UFC’s newest star, Justin Gaethje (18-0) is currently in the works. There’s also been “serious talk” of the two men coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Alvarez recently battled Dustin Poirier at UFC 211 in a fight that would end via No Contest. The fight was stopped by referee Herb Dean after Alvarez hit a downed Poirier with illegal knees. It was an amazing back and forth contest, as advertised, that saw Alvarez on rollerskates before mounting a comeback and unfortunately going a bit too far.
Gaethje is coming off a ‘Fight of the Year’ worthy performance that saw him end Michael Johnson via TKO this past Friday at the TUF 25 ‘Redemption’ Finale.
Both Gaethje and Alvarez have similar fan friendly brawling styles that, to steal some verbiage from Gaethje, make for a promoters wet dream. 79 percent (22 of 28) of Alvarez’s wins have come by way of finish; for Gaethje it’s been 89 percent (16 of 18). In a five round main event you can bet that this one will be finished inside the distance. Then again, it’s Alvarez and Gaethje. If any fighters can brawl at rabid pace for 25 minutes it’s these two guys.
TUF 26 will feature the introduction of the UFC female flyweight division. A champion will be crowned at the Finale which will likely take place in December.