Former multi-promotional lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, spoke to ‘The Bash’ and shared his views on the UFC’s lightweight division. UFC 257 which goes down on January 23, 2020, sees some pivotal lightweight match-ups take place. Chiefly, Conor McGregor will scrap against Dustin Poirier in a bout that will determine the title picture.
‘The Underground King’ is exceptionally familiar with McGregor, as he was the man who dethroned him of his championship status. The two met back at UFC 205 and where Conor McGregor put forth the best performance of his career and snagged the belt off Alvarez. Not to mention, he’s also battled it out with Dustin Poirier. Eddie Alvarez gave his views on his former rival while also talking about Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The former Bellator and UFC champion spoke out on what the lightweight division would look like in the near future. He touched on Dana White’s highly anticipated meeting with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which was held to discuss ‘The Eagles’ future. Alvarez believed that the entire sit down was a game of smoke and mirrors constructed by the UFC President.
“I think Conor would have wanted the belt for this fight… He likes the idea of the belt, I think he wanted the belt. Typically, he gets what he wants as long as there is an availability, Dana can’t say no to him. So, Dana definitely needed to create a situation where he just couldn’t put the belt on the line.”
“That was the best way is to say ‘Sorry, there’s no belt available. It’s already taken’, So that was the best way to do it, to hold it out until some funny announcement or whatever, but I think Khabib is retired. I just [don’t see him coming back], not to fight Conor.”
Alvarez also gave his prediction for UFC 257’s main event and decided to bank on McGregor to get it done. ‘The Notorious’ successfully sparked Poirier in their first fight, and Eddie Alvarez believes that more of the same is in store.
“It is what it is. I don’t think this fight changes. I think Conor kinda beats Dustin the way he did last time. The style match-up just kinda calls for it and the style match-up for Khabib and Conor is the same. I feel like it’s the same fight, I don’t know why we gotta do it again.”
The future of the lightweight division will be defined on the night of UFC 257 simply by looking at the fights. What do you make of Alvarez’s take on the same?
Continue the conversation on the app, join other MMA fans on MMA Fans App