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Podcast • May 10, 2021

EP 17 - MMA Fighter Eddie Alvarez’s Journey from the Streets to the Ring (and Bitcoin)

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Former UFC champion and former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez is my latest guest on Next with Novo. Growing up in tough inner-city Philadelphia, Eddie started fighting, both in and out of the ring, at a young age. He started wrestling in local PAL leagues and high school competitions, making his way to the national championships against prestigious prep schools and against the odds of his difficult upbringing. Left with the responsibilities of looking out for his siblings and eventually starting a family of his own at only 20 years old, Eddie found work in concrete before starting to box at local fights for much-needed money. He eventually progressed to MMA, fighting in the Bellator league before finding success in UFC, where he'd become a world champion at 30. Eddie jumped on Zoom with me to talk about his inspiring journey from street fighter to UFC champion, as well as his early participation in Beat the Streets, the community-based wrestling nonprofit I'm proud to have launched in NYC. You'll also hear about the current state of Eddie's fighting career and how he started taking a deep interest in the stock market, real estate, and, eventually, bitcoin.

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This podcast was recorded on March 9, 2021.

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