While taking part in a UFC Calgary media day session, Eddie Alvarez was asked about the meaning of interim titles and claimed that they are meaningless.
“They’re meaningless. They’re used as a point of leverage for the promotion. They mean absolutely nothing, it’s proven. The media should talk about it a little more, it’s proven that an interim title means zilch. They give ‘em to a fighter, they take it from them. It’s a way for the promotion to leverage, that’s it. They mean nothing. And for a fighter to put any value behind it is foolish. I’m more concerned with the opponent. I don’t care about titles. Interim, world title, it doesn’t mean much. If the promotion doesn’t hold it as valuable, then why should the fighters?”
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(H/T to MMA Fighting for the above quote)