Former UFC lightweight champion and current ONE Championship contender Eddie Alvarez has given a bold statement regarding current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is riding on an undefeated streak and retired from the sport of MMA after defeating Justin Gaethje last year at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi. He retired from the sport with a record of 29-0.
Eddie Alvarez is set to fight in April at ONE Championship against former title challenger Iuri Lapicus. While Eddie Alvarez already has a fight set, he said in an interview with Brain Campbell of The Morning Combat that he can defeat the Dagestani star and take his zero.
Eddie Alvarez says he can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov
“I’m his only matchup that would make any sense, or give him a terrible time,” Eddie Alvarez said (via Middle Easy). “There’s one guy that gave him a terrible time in the whole division, and this is just the truth. (Gleison) Tibau gave him a terrible time because Tibau was not overly great at anything.
“Neither am I. I’m not overly great at anything. You say ‘What is Eddie great at?’ I’m not great at anything. I’m not a great striker, I’m not a great wrestler or great jiu-jitsu guy… I’m athletic, I have a strong spirit, a strong heart, and I will fight, I’ll fight to the death.”
“Tibau had a great, solid gameplan, and he arguably won that fight. He was able to match Khabib’s strengths, he was able to throw good, straight shots, and he was able to negate a lot of Khabib’s wrestling,” Eddie Alvarez continued. “That’s what I’m able to do against virtually every opponent I’ve fought. Styles make matchup, and anybody who’s in this sport at a high level knows that. I just think that matchup in general would have been something special.”
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