It took nearly two years of legal wrangling, followed by wholesale regime change to disentangle the Bellator lightweight champion from his previous place of work. When Alvarez enters the Octagon on Saturday opposite 155-pound mainstay Donald Cerrone, it will probably feel like something close to freedom.
That’s the good news here—that after considerable ugliness and bad feelings all around, Alvarez will finally arrive at the destination he set into his GPS back in October 2012. Perhaps the better news, especially for those of us on the outside looking in, is that he gets the chance to prove he’s really the guy we believed him to be all along.
For Alvarez, nothing short of an impressive victory over Cerrone will do if he means to make his case as one of the best lightweights in the world—that is, if he wants to show that Eddie Alvarez the fighter is in the same league as Eddie Alvarez the idea.