It’s been more than one year since Conor McGregor won the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title, knocking out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. And it hasn’t been defended since.
That’s the reason Alvarez is content with winning the title of UFC’s “Most Violent Man,” since the 155-pound strap has lost its luster and value after “Notorious” decided to keep it on ice for 13 months ... and counting.
Sure, Tony Ferguson is the interim titleholder, but Alvarez says the way that it all worked out kind diminishes the 155-pound belt.
“There’s an interim guy who beat the No. 7 guy to become the champion — that’s not a champion,” he said. “You can’t bring the No. 7-ranked guy in and then put him against the No. 1 contender and he beats him and says now you’re the champion. That’s silly in any organization, any sport — anything. So the champion isn’t defending. So now the value of the belt loses its value. So for me, I’m like, let’s make another belt, whoever is the ‘Most Violent.’ We can make up whatever belts we want.”
Still, Alvarez isn’t completely ruling out another run in the title, but also says he’s a realist and knows Conor isn’t walking through that door anytime soon.
“I’m a realist,” Alvarez said. “My eye’s always on that gold belt. I feel like I f*cked up, I lost my belt, and I’m pissed about it. But, I’m being realistic. I can’t, we can’t make Conor get back in there, he’s going to ask for certain [things], it’s gonna take awhile for that guy to defend that. Tony is waiting for Conor. Tony is going to sit, he’s gonna wait for that Conor fight and try to get that big payday,” he concluded.
First things first, though, as Alvarez still has to lock down a contract extension with UFC ... and potentially a big “mega fight,” too.