Eddie Alvarez says there is a notable difference in how ONE Championship and UFC treat their fighters.
Alvarez, who was the former UFC lightweight champion, was in free agency and signed with the Singapore-based promotion. He believes that ONE Championship appreciates fighters more since in the UFC you are just another fighter.
“The treatment individually, for me personally. Everyone says “they treat me very well” in certain promotions, but it is something individual. Some boys feel they are crushing them. For me, with UFC, there are so many types, and sometimes you get lost in confusion. You lose your courage there or do not appreciate certain fighters as they should. It is always better to feel appreciated, not only by the executives of the promotion but also by the fans.
“In Asia, it’s almost like football, you get off the bus and it doesn’t look like anything you’ve seen before. They see martial arts a little different from the United States. They see the athlete as a hero, win or lose, where here it is as if he was thrown into the dump if he loses. It could be a championship fight against the best in the world and they will leave you speechless. There in Asia, they appreciate heroes and fighters for their character and their willingness to fight inside the cage.
“I am interested in the opinion of your boys. I love the UFC, I love watching it. An event like the last one I just saw (UFC 245), is the best against the best, the whole main poster reminded me of the old UFC where you had Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre, a poster loaded from top to bottom and fights real. What is happening is that I don’t like how they are making their own rules. José Aldo has just lost to Marlon Moraes, a friend of mine, and Dana White makes public and says that Aldo is getting a chance for the title. Like what?”.
Eddie Alvarez is only 1-1 in ONE Championship and comes from a submission victory over Eduard Folayang.