‘They’re All Second’- Eddie Alvarez Says Khabib Nurmagomedov, BJ Penn and Others are Below Him in GOAT List

Published 04/05/2021, 11:24 AM EDT
DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Eddie Alvarez celebrates after defeating Justin Gaethje in their lightweight bout during the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC Lightweight division has consistently been the most stacked division in the franchise’s history. It has been the home of several pioneers of the sport like Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and B.J. Penn. Oh, and then there’s Eddie Alvarez.

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A legend of the sport in his own right, Alvarez is currently plying his trade at ONE championship. His last fight in the UFC was a knockout loss to Dustin Poirier, but his legacy goes beyond that. He has won 1 and lost 1 in his ONE Lightweight Championship career.

However, he was an absolute stalwart of the lightweight division in his heyday. He beat Rafael dos Anjos to win the Lightweight title via knockout in an awe-inspiring display. However, he lost it in his very next fight against someone you might have heard of, Conor McGregor.

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He talked to the media ahead of his much-publicized comeback fight on April 7th and revealed how highly he thought of himself. The reporter asked Alvarez, “I know you’re looking at triple crown status, and with yourself as number one as the lightweight goat, where do you rank others in the lightweight goat conversation?

The reporter also mentioned a few greats of the division like Khabib Nurmagomedov, B. J. Penn, and Dustin Poirier. However, Eddie had the perfect answer. “Second. They’re all second,” he said.

It might be a joke for all we know; nonetheless, he is one 0f the greats and has seen varied results through the years.

Eddie Alvarez comes back to fight after one and a half years

Alvarez last fought on August 2nd, 2019, when he beat the former ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang. The fight was over within the 1st round.

It was wild from start to finish after Folayang dropped Alvarez with a leg kick. However, Eddie came back strong to win the fight with a rear-naked choke.

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez steps onto the scale during the UFC 205 weigh-in inside Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He’s going to fight Iuri Lapicus in an event that will take place in Singapore. Stay tuned to see if Alvarez can back up his talk and add the ONE Championship Lightweight title in his impressive trophy cabinet sometime in the future.

What are your thoughts on Eddie Alvarez’s career in the UFC?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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