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PHILADELPHIA – September 22, 2016 – During the City Council Session on Thursday September 22, 2016, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez (7th District) will recognize Philly’s own Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez in a presentation celebrating his career and his victory to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion. 

Born to a Puerto Rican and Irish family in Kensington, Eddie attended Northeast Catholic High School where he was a two-time National Prep All-American wrestler and placed 6th at the 2000 and 2001 National Prep School Wrestling Championships.

In his 13 years of MMA fighting, Alvarez has amassed an impressive 28-4 record along with two Bellator Lightweight titles, an MFC Welterweight Championship title, and a Reality Fighting Welterweight Championship title. 

On July 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Eddie won the UFC Lightweight Title in Las Vegas and the Performance of the Night Award in a monumental victory over Rafael dos Anjos, clinching the title 3 minutes and 49 seconds into Round 1.  

Councilwoman Sánchez said, “I love when kids from the neighborhood grow up and bring home championships!  We are so happy to have this opportunity to celebrate with Eddie and recognize his fantastic career and this great achievement.” 

A City Council resolution congratulating Eddie Alvarez on his outstanding career to become the new UFC Lightweight Championship, authored by Councilwoman Sánchez and co-sponsored by Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District), Councilman Brian O’Neill (10th District), Councilman Mark Squilla (1st District), and Councilman Allan Domb (At Large), was adopted by Council on September 15, 2016. 

Requests for copies of the resolution can made to Andre Del Valle at [email protected].

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Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez is a veteran activist with over 30 years of service to the City of Philadelphia, currently serving a third four-year term on Philadelphia City Council. More info at

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