ONE On TNT: Eddie Alvarez Hits Back At Iuri Lapicus
Eddie Alvarez is scheduled to face Iuri Lapicus in the co-main event ONE on TNT 1 on April 7th. This will be the first time since August 2019 that he’s competed, where he came from behind to submit Eduard Folayang at ONE: Dawn Of Heroes.
The Philadelphia native has had an up-and-down tenure in ONE Championship, holding a 1-1 record in the ONE Circle. Ahead of their fight, Lapicus has talked about ending Alvarez’s career. However, ‘The Underground King’ is unfazed by his opponent’s comments.
“You Have To Get A Career”
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Alvarez said that Lapicus needs to build his own career, before he thinks about ending anyone else’s.
“I think if you ever threaten me with ending of my career, at first, you have to get a career,” said Alvarez. “You haven’t been around long enough to even have a career to threaten to take mine away. That’s how I feel about that. I think he’s green, I think he’s young, and I don’t think he’s been through the situations in my career in fourth and fifth rounds where I just think the experience level is too much. If I drag him into any kind of a fight [like] that I’ll beat him.”
“Just Give Me My Title Shot”
Lapicus challenged for the ONE lightweight title in his last fight, losing by knockout to Christian Lee at ONE: Inside the Matrix last October. The loss was the first of his career and ended his 14-fight win streak.
Alvarez meanwhile has won world titles in both the UFC and Bellator. The 36-year-old is now looking to win another world title in ONE Championship, and already has his eye on Lee once he’s done with Lapicus.
“I don’t feel I need to prove myself to anyone,” Alvarez said. “I can beat any champion in the world, just give me my title shot. I don’t know why we’re wasting time. After I beat Iuri Lapicus, then I’ll get my title shot. If this promotion sincerely thinks Christian Lee is the best welterweight in the world and that he can beat me, then prove it.
“I always thought champions came from everywhere, and I’m the guy who proved that right. I went to every organisation and became champion. So the best in the world, as far as I’m concerned, it’s where I’m at.”
Can Eddie Alvarez get the win he needs to take a step closer to a shot at the title against Iuri Lapicus at ONE on TNT 1?