Fighting for the UFC title? Been there, done that.
Now that lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who also held the 155-pound strap for Bellator MMA, is king of the division castle, he's kinda over the whole "best in class" thing. Now it's time to start making some of that
Anderson Silva Conor McGregor money.
Which means a fight against "Notorious" -- or even Nate Diaz -- once they settle their differences (again) at the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in "Sin City," according to his conversation with the gang at SiriusXM Rush (via MMA Fighting).
"Initially I want the winner of Conor-Nate. I would like a big pay-per-view, big money fight. I'm willing to wait for one of them guys. The number one contender in my weight class has fought once in about the last three years or something. So I'm a little nervous about fighting a guy like that who barely shows up to fight. Rankings are subjective anyway. Look at the case between Tony Ferguson and Khabib. Tony Ferguson is 8-0, he's been active for the last God-knows-how-what, he's been finishing opponents, been on a tear; Khabib's fought once in three years and he's number one and he decides he wants a title shot? The last guy he beat was virtually un-ranked - maybe top 100 in the world - and he's the number one guy in the world. So who says that? Who makes that up? Who appoints him number one? That being said, make the fights that make sense. Make the fights the fans want to see. Who gives a shit about the rankings?"
See the current lightweight rankings right here.
Alvarez captured the crown with an emphatic knockout win over Rafael dos Anjos earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are both in the lead for the next shot at the 155-pound strap, but the promotion is all over the map when it comes to dishing out championship fights.
Just ask this guy.