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Frame-by-Frame Fights: Eddie Alvarez, the Trickster

Bloody Elbow's striking specialist, Connor Ruebusch, breaks down the brilliant but risky boxing game of lineal Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez as he gets set to make his UFC debut against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.

Eddie Alvarez was considered a top lightweight long before he became Bellator lightweight champion. In fact, Sherdog even had Alvarez ranked number 3 in the world in 2009, despite the fact that the Philly fighter had never stepped foot into the UFC Octagon. Some of the shine may have come off of Alvarez as a fighter since his two tough fights with Michael Chandler, the first of which saw him lose his Bellator title by submission and the second of which saw him regain the belt in a controversial split decision, but there's no doubt that Alvarez is still an incredibly hot commodity in the sport. In fact, one could argue that Alvarez is more well-known--and more sympathetic than ever before, thanks to a highly-publicized and highly drawn out legal battle with Bellator that saw him wallowing in inactivity for over a year between 2012 and 2013.

But now Alvarez is not only back in action, he's in the UFC. September 27th, Alvarez will battle another fan favorite in Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 178, and I for one could not be more excited.

To that end, I give you the latest edition of Frame-by-Frame Fights. The subject, of course, is Mr. Eddie Alvarez. The two things that define Alvarez most succinctly are his penchant for getting knocked down, and his penchant for outboxing his opponents despite that. Necessarily, I explored Eddie's defensive flaws as well as his offensive brilliance in this latest video breakdown.

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