Although there are two excellent lightweight fighters waiting in the wings to get a shot at Eddie Alvarez and his lightweight championship, the Philadelphia native will be making the first defence of his crown next week against Conor McGregor instead.
Both Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are surely next in line for a title shot, but once the event in Madison Square Garden draws to a close, we’ll know whether one of them could be taking on Alvarez or McGregor.
During the conference call between the rivals this week, heated words were exchanged including retirement jabs, and Alvarez even hitting out at the Irishman’s previous opponents.
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Alvarez went on to say that he plans to become the greatest lightweight in history, and by beating McGregor, he will make the UFC great again and fight real contenders, not just big-draw opponents.
He said: “I will go down as the best lightweight in UFC history, that’s what I’ll go down as.
“It’ll start with him [McGregor], but then, I will make UFC great again, and I will continue to fight the number one guys who belong here.
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“I sincerely felt I deserved a break. This [UFC 205] is my break, and then we’ll get back to some real s**t and get back to fighting the real number one contenders, who fight the best guys and earn their way to the title, not the guys who have a funny accent and sell tickets.”
A victory over McGregor could be huge for Alvarez, as it’s perhaps the biggest first title defence he could have hoped for since dethroning Rafael dos Anjos earlier this year.
McGregor has already stated that he’s willing to defend both titles – should he defeat Alvarez – and that may not sit well with his colleagues.
Many are already hitting out at the fact that he’s yet to defend the featherweight crown, and there’s fear he could hold up two divisions in the search for big-money fights.
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