Eddie Alvarez is going to be on the shelf a while following his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship showdown with Mike Perry last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Perry, who has become one of the upstart sport’s biggest stars in recent months, was declared the winner — and the promotion’s undisputed ‘King of Violence’ — last Saturday night when Alvarez was force to retire on his stool following two blistering rounds of action.
Alvarez, the former UFC lightweight champion who lost his crown to Conor McGregor inside Madison Square Garden in November 2016, was wearing significant damage on his face after the fight, with a swelling above his left eye seemingly growing in real-time under the Utah lights.
And somewhat unsurprisingly, Alvarez has taken to social media to reveal a litany of injury maladies that will keep him away from action, likely for quite some time.
Confirmed 2 fractures in my left orbital , one was e refracture … Woulda been a thing of beauty to close out to the show for the fans , I felt great … this game is Wild and unpredictable as can be … it’s why I love it 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼🔪🔪 The Show goes on ! Love you guys ❤️
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) December 4, 2023
“Confirmed two fractures in my left orbital one was [a] refracture,” Alvarez wrote on social media. “[Would have] been a thing of beauty to close out to the show for the fans. I felt great. This game is wild and unpredictable as can be. It’s why I love it. The show goes on! Love you guys.”
In the post fight press conference, Alvarez paid tribute to his opponent whom he described as a “f*cking battle axe.”
Alvarez added: “He can take a shot, he can keep plodding forward and give them. He reminds me of myself a lot, so I was fighting a little mirror of myself in there tonight and Mike was the better man. Look, I take my wins, I’ll take my losses the same way — with my head high.”
Alvarez arguably started the better of the two fighters, utilising neat movement and awkward striking to keep Perry at bay. ‘Platinum’, though, a fighter with seemingly little regard for his own health, continued to press forward before finding success with strikes of his own that ultimately led to Alvarez’s trainer, Mark Henry, calling off the fight in between the second and third round.