Eddie Alvarez saw an opening and closed it himself Thursday night at UFC Fight Night 90.
With reigning UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos wobbly, Alvarez pounced, firing everything off on the Brazilian that he could.
After several uncontested shots, the referee stepped in and Alvarez was declared the winner and new champion. The victory made him the first fighter to ever hold both UFC and Bellator gold.
An emotional Alvarez thanked his team, family and friends, most of whom were in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena to see the perfect performance.
“Don’t bring the dog out of me,” Alvarez said. “Thank you so much, I owe (my team and family) everything.”
Following a 2014 decision loss to Donald Cerrone in his Octagon debut, Alvarez (28-4) took just short of a year off before returning and scoring a split decision over Gilbert Melendez. He followed that up with a January split decision vs. Anthony Pettis to earn his shot at the belt.
“He’s a champion,” Alvarez said of dos Anjos. “Rafael was on top and I took him out in the first round.”
There would be no need to wait for the scorecards this time, as Alvarez made sure to put an emphatic mark on the final fight of the first night of International Fight Week.