Eddie Alvarez Says He's Fighting Will Brooks Because He's Easy
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.28.2014
.In an interview with The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), Eddie Alvarez said that he chose interim champion Will Brooks over Michael Chandler to defend his lightweight title against because Brooks was "easier". Here are the highlights...
On the interim champion getting a shot: "I've never picked a fight in my whole career. I'm not a promoter, I'm not a manager. I've never picked a fight. I've simply gotten the call from the promotion to tell me who I'm fighting, and I took the fight. I get very uncomfortable when you ask me who I want to fight. I think that's a s--ty part of the sport. But when you put an interim title up, it's only fair that the guy who wins that title should get the next fight with the champion. It only makes sense. Things get kind of weird for everyone if you end up fighting a guy who's not the interim champ. So just to keep everything correct and not getting ugly, I think the interim champ should get the shot."
On Brooks' claims that he has any say in who he fights: "Will, I love the fact that you think you could win. If anything, that drives me more than anything. But you gotta know, you're saying I got all the power because I'm champion. If I was champion with a contract like you are... you got a contract, bro. I have an out-of-court settlement. I don't have a contract. You have a contract with Bellator. I have an out-of-court settlement. That means I went to court, I was sued, I sued them back. I don't have say, dude. Like, I have no say. So this is my way of trying to get you. This is my only way that I can get you."
On why he would chose Brooks: "I hope we make it. Will, whatever conspiracy theories people are coming out with, I'm letting you know, I'm the realest dude you're going to talk to in this. You're talking to promoters and managers... don't buy it, dude. As a veteran of this sport -- you've been here a couple years -- trust fighters. Don't trust managers and promoters. Trust what a fighter tells you. When I say that you're the fight I want, you're the fight I want, dude. I could easily go to the media and say, let's do Chandler-Alvarez III. It makes more sense financially for me to do that. That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying it's you. I'm trying to help you out. I'm trying to get you a title shot. And in all honesty, I'm doing it because I think you're the easier guy, and I am trying to get out of here easier."