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Aitana Alvarez: “I’m going to make her look like a beginner!”

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Aitana Alvarez. Photo via Chris Önnerby

Spanish flyweight Aitana Alvarez is set for one her biggest fights to date as she’s making her OKTAGON MMA debut on Saturday April 20. She’s going to enemy turf to take on British fighter Megan Morris in Birmingham, England.

In an exclusive interview with Frontkick, the confident Spanish fighter talks about facing Morris and moving to Sweden to take the next step in her career.

“I have never been this sure that I will win a fight,” Alvarez says. “She was a pretty decent fighter as an amateur. Even though she’s 2-2 as a pro, she’s a tough opponent. A complete fighter and a sneaky fighter. In both her victories she was losing the fight but turned it around and won via submission. Standing or on the ground – I don’t underestimate her. But I know I have the necessary tools to make her look like a beginner.”

How would you describe yourself as a fighter? 

“I think a pretty complete fighter. That’s the hardfest fighter you can have in front of you. wherever the fight goes I’m good. I’m working with really good people at Allstars. I feel really confident. That was something I didn’t have earlier in my career. Whatever Morris is doing on Saturday, I will have the answers.”

Aitana Alvarez. Photo via Chris Önnerby

Aitana Alvarez. Photo: Chris Önnerby

Aitana Alvarez moved to Sweden

Several times during the interview, Alvarez comes back to how Allstars changed her career. In Spain she had a tough time developing, but the move to Sweden gave her access to some of the best fighters and trainers in Europe.

“The training here at Allstars has built my body. In Spain I was not that strong. The training here in Sweden is on another level. I have lived here since August last year and had a walk-around weight of 58 kilo when I came here. I was pretty thin. When I did the heavy training here my body wanted me to eat more, so suddenly I weighed 63 kilos. So it was very hard to make 54 kilos in my last fight,” she laughs.

A big part of her success she credits her trainer MMA veteran Jonathan Westin for.

“I have Jonathan in my corner. He’s been with me through this camp and is an awesome coach. I never understood a coach as well as I understand him.”

“I could die if I try to go down in weight”

Pulling together a 5-5 record since her pro debut in October 2020, the 24-year-old is on a roll with three straight wins.

With a move up to flyweight, a solid base at Allstars and a three-fight contract with OKTAGON MMA, the young prospect’s career is finally in the right place.

“If I could, I would fight three times in 2024. When it’s not hard to make weight anymore I could easily fight three times, depending on the results of course. My last fights have been at strawweight and I would probably die if I ever try to go down again,” Alvarez laughs.

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