Eddie Alvarez has yet to tussle with Dustin Poirier for their rematch at UFC on Fox 30, but he has already named the next opponent he thinks he should fight.
Days ahead of his second meeting against Poirier, the American Knuckle Star said he wanted to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov next. He believes that no other fight would make sense to him than this showdown with the current UFC lightweight champion.Khabib currently holds the UFC lightweight division title. (Photo: MMA Junkie)
Best Style Matchup
Alvarez cited two reasons why he is deserving of a title shot more than any fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He said he is that ‘hard-pressed guy’ and has the best style to match the Eagle.
“The next fight that makes sense for me – there’s no one – I simply just don’t see no gain anywhere except for Khabib. That’s it. I can’t see them putting anyone else in front of me. It just don’t make any sense. For where I’m at in my career and the people I went against, I fight back-to-back-to-back the hardest resume. You name another fighter or anybody in the lightweight division who has fought the toughest guys.”
Not only he is confident of his skill to skill matchup with Khabib, but Alvarez is also confident that he can snatch the lightweight belt against the reigning division king.
“I know, 100 percent, matchup-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 matchup. 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 matchups. I understand. Take them. I’ll be waiting in the end.”Things heat up between Poirier and Alvarez in a pre-fight presser. (Photo: MMA Fighting)
Scathing Word War
But before his dream matchup with Khabib, Alvarez has to hurdle first a big obstacle that is the UFC on Fox 30. He is set to settle the score with Poirier, following their showdown in the UFC 211 that was ruled a No Contest.
Before their fight, the two have been involved in a brutal word-war and have been throwing shades against each other. Poirier said that he respects Alvarez as an all-time fighter but not as a person.
In an open workout last Monday, Alvarez came with a swift response, saying that Poirier is more of an undercard fighter.
“I think Poirier’s more of an undercard fighter (with) three five-minute rounds. I think it’s very easy to get into that habit and used to that. I consider it a vacation or a night off when the UFC allows me to be on an undercard on a three five-minute round fight. That is a blessing for me. I love that. It takes years off my life.”
Watch the full interview in the video below:
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