Eddie Alvarez 'amicably' splits from ONE Championship and enters free agency

Eddie Alvarez ‘amicably’ splits from ONE Championship and enters free agency

Eddie Alvarez is a free agent again.

The former UFC lightweight champion has officially parted ways with ONE Championship after signing a lucrative multi-fight deal with the promotion in 2018. Alvarez confirmed the news via Twitter following an initial report from the South China Morning Post.

“Confirmed I am no longer with ONE,” Alvarez wrote. “We parted ways amicably and I remain on good terms with the ONE team. I want to thank Chatri [Sityodtong] for this opportunity and I look forward to seeing their continued success. I’m officially a free agent and ready to hunt. Tell me who’s next?

Alvarez leaves ONE with a 1-2 record and one no contest in his four fights with the organization.

His ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix debut was marred after Timofey Nastyukhin finished Alvarez in brutal fashion with a first-round knockout. Alvarez then re-entered the tournament as a substitute where he defeated Eduard Folayang via submission but later had to drop out of the Grand Prix due to injury.

Alvarez then suffered a no contest after Iuri Lapicus was unable to continue following shots initially deemed illegal. ONE then reversed the disqualification to a no contest.

In his last fight with ONE in April 2021, Alvarez lost a unanimous decision to future lightweight champion Ok Rae Yoon.

ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong later revealed an offer had been made for Alvarez to compete on the ONE X card in 2022, but said the Philadelphia native had ‘turned down’ a fight against Saygid Izagakhmaev . This was the last rumored fight booking for Alvarez before his exit from the promotion.

It’s unclear where Alvarez could end up yet, but he’s free to sign with any promotion now that he’s parted ways with ONE Championship. Prior to his run with the UFC, Alvarez was a mainstay in Bellator MMA where he was a two-time lightweight champion.

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