Make America great again Make the UFC great again, says UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
Alvarez, a former two-time Bellator champ, will defend his 155-pound title against featherweight kingpin Conor McGregor in the UFC’s first champion vs champion superfight in seven years.
Alvarez believes that, since McGregor’s meteoric rise to stardom, the UFC has abandoned their ranking system in favor of big money fights.
The 32-year-old promises to dispatch of ‘The Notorious’ at UFC 205 and plans to restore order to the lightweight division.
“I want to go down as the best lightweight in UFC history – that’s what I’ll go down as,” Alvarez said at a recent media call, per MMA Junkie. “I’ll start with him, but then I’ll make UFC great again and continue to fight the No. 1 guys who belong here.
“I sincerely feel, and felt, I deserve a break. This will be my break, and then we’ll get back to some real (expletive), fighting the real No. 1 contenders who fight the best guys and earn their way to the title – not the guys who have a funny accent and sell tickets.”
Alvarez got off to a rough start in the promotion, losing to Donald Cerrone in his UFC debut and picking up split decision wins over Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis, but the 13-year MMA veteran showed the world what he was made of when he knocked out the seemingly unstoppable Rafael dos Anjos in the first round at UFC Fight Night 90.
McGregor, 28, knocked out featherweight legend Jose Aldo last year and plans to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two-division champion at UFC 205.
The highly anticipated pay-per-view takes place on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.