After beating Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis in succession, Eddie Alvarez has been running his mouth asking for a title shot and he has a point. Melendez and Pettis are two of the highest ranked lighweights in the UFC, with each or both of them appearing in four of the last UFC Lightweight title bouts. If you included his loss to Donald Cerrone in his UFC debut, then Eddie Alvarez has fought the best of the best in the UFC’s 155 pound weight class, save for champion Rafael Dos Anjos.
During an appearance at the MMA Hour last week, Alvarez revealed that there is a “very easy” way to defeat Conor McGregor and that he is so frustrated because no one is using it. Alvarez was obviously referring to McGregor’s ground game, which is perceived by his detractors as his chief weakness. But to say put Conor to the ground is one thing, doing it is another.
Several days later, Alvarez was all over the media again. This time, Eddie told MMA Junkie radio:
“I’m not saying I’m sitting out. I’ve got my eyes on fighting again if we’re not given a title shot. But I definitely want to see what goes down on March 5. I’m interested in what goes down on March 5. I have a good idea of what could happen and I think I want to be active. I don’t want to wait another seven or eight months if that’s what it takes to get a title shot, I want to get my hands on an opponent. But it can’t just be any opponent. I don’t want to fight a guy who is No. 20. I didn’t come in the UFC to fight a guy who is No. 20 or something like that. I want to fight the best guys. So, it has to be one of the guys who are the best, who are considered the best. And it has to be a big fight.”
Here is the UFC’s Lightweight rankings, the latest one up until the week after Stephen Thompson’s win over Johny Hendricks:
Champion: Rafael dos Anjos
1 Eddie Alvarez
2 Khabib Nurmagomedov
3 Anthony Pettis
4 Tony Ferguson
5 Donald Cerrone
6 Nate Diaz
7 Michael Johnson
8 Edson Barboza
9 Beneil Dariush
10 Al Iaquinta
11 Dustin Poirier
12 Bobby Green
13 Michael Chiesa
14 Evan Dunham
15 Rashid Magomedov
At #6, Nate Diaz is the highest ranked fighter at 155 that Alvarez hasn’t faced. So it was kind of interesting when Nate Diaz posted this call out in his Instagram and Twitter accounts:
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) February 15, 2016
One half of the famed Stockton Bad Boys, Nate Diaz is one son of a gun who doesn’t back down from anyone. He’s faced everyone from Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, Melvin Guillard, Gray Maynard, Cerrone and even RDA. He’s lost many of those big bouts but has never failed to impress and entertain the fans to whom he has become a favorite of sorts.
Having caught the eye of Nate Diaz means Alvarez is a big fish. Having Nate use the famous Diaz line “Don’t be scared” ( although Nate tweeted ‘Don’t be scary’ ) means he’s serious. Remember the first time his brother Nick uttered those words?
Go to the next page to see what happened: