Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has been working his way back to the top. He had a rather embarrassing loss at the hands of Conor McGregor. However, “The Underground King” is now back to his best with a dominant victory over Justin Gaethje. Alvarez has now had some strong words about the current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Alvarez recently did an interview with MMA Junkie. In the interview, he had some strong words for Nurmagomedov and also claimed that he is the best stylistic match-up to dethrone Khabib. Here’s what he had to say:
A lot of guys hurt, a lot of guys out, in prison, praying, injured, I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m enjoying myself. I’ve been fighting three, four times a year since I was 19. I don’t mind a little bit of time off.
I seriously have no control over who gets the shot, so I don’t really focus on it, if they want to give Dustin (Poirier) a title shot, hell, give him a title shot. Do I think he’ll do well? Probably not. But it’s not up to me. Give him a shot, let him do what he wants to do, and that’ll be that.
I know, 100 percent, match up-wise, wrestling, stylistically, I watch the champion fight a lot. I am the guy to beat the champion. Not Dustin Poirier. Not Conor McGregor. Not anyone. I understand who I lost to, who I won (against). I’m the best style match up. The champion don’t want to fight me right now. He knows. He’s going to pick off the wounded gazelles one by one. He’s going to take the good style match ups. I understand. Take them. I’ll be waiting in the end.
What’s funny about this whole thing is, Khabib wasn’t a champion, now he’s the champion after beating no. 11. Let’s just get that out in the open. He says, ‘paper champion, who’s fake champion, who’s real champion?’ You beat no. 11, and now you’re champion. So think on that. Pray on that during Ramadan. No. 11, and now you’re champion.
When I fought for the title, I literally fought no. 5, 4, 3, 2, then 1, I fought a champion, a guy who was a champion, who had a belt. That’s a real champion. I’ll continue to fight the best, and I’ll wait my turn. I’ll let the UFC do their job, pick who’s next in line, and I’ll be waiting there for all of them.
I feel like the story is much the same as one we’ve heard before. A guy from Philadelphia fights an undefeated (expletive) Russian that everybody thinks is indestructible. And you know what, we can do it just like that.
If he dies, he dies.
You can read the full interview here.