BUSINESS is about to pick up as former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez joins Asian mixed martial arts outfit ONE Championship.
The promotion's chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news on Tuesday, with the 34-year-old American now joining ONE's loaded roster of lightweights.
"Eddie is not only one of the greatest lightweights in history, but he is the only athlete ever to win world titles in both UFC and Bellator. His goal is to become the only person to win all three major world titles in the largest global promotions in history," he said in a statement.
"On a personal level, I am super excited for our fans to witness Eddie's high-octane, explosive dynamite KO style. Without a doubt, Eddie brings it every time."
Known as "The Underground King," Alvarez (29-6-1) last fought in UFC back in July, losing to Dustin Poirier in Canada before taking his act to Asia.
"The moment of truth has arrived. I know you’ve heard the rumors, and they are true. We got our official contract from ONE Championship, and we’re all signed up," he said in a video interview.
Alvarez bared his intentions to win the promotion's lightweight title, even showing off a vacant spot in his loaded trophy case - one which he allocated for the ONE title.
“I am super excited. ‘The Underground King’ is coming to ONE Championship, and in preparation, I left that shelf there empty. You guys know what that’s for. I’m coming, get ready," he said.
Martin Nguyen recently vacated the ONE lightweight championship due to injury, and the title will be up for grabs when former champion Eduard Folayang and Amir Khan face off at ONE: Conquest of Champions on November 23 at Mall of Asia Arena.
Alvarez's debut in the promotion has yet to be announced, but it's a sure bet that he will be in line for a title shot sooner or later.