Former UFC lightweight champion, the man who got knocked out by Conor McGregor in their lightweight title fight, Eddie Alvarez has a history of knowing what McGregor is all about.
And in light of the UFC’s recent refusal to strip their lightweight champion, Alvarez believes he knows exactly why the UFC is staying loyal to their Irish mega-star.
The UFC has promised that Khabib vs. Ferguson is for the undisputed belt. The two are set to headline UFC 223 on April 7, and the UFC boss has confirmed that they will fight for Conor McGregor’s world title.
However, controversially, the UFC boss would also not commit to taking McGregor’s belt away, and there really can’t be two undisputed champions in the lightweight division.
For weeks now everyone has been wondering what is really going on, and Eddie sheds some light.
It’s because Khabib vs. Ferguson has already been scheduled three times, and all three times the fight has been cancelled.
Should the UFC strip McGregor, and then this fight go 0-4, the entire division would have no champ, and be in a worse state than it is today.
Here’s Eddie’s words on the subject: (via The MMA Hour)
“If they’re fighting for the undisputed title, then they’re going to strip Conor. You can’t have two undisputed titles…”
“What’s going on is, this fight [Ferguson vs. Khabib] is 0-3. They’re not going to strip Conor of a belt, then have a vacant title for a fight that’s 0-3. They have not been able to make this fight. Every time they book it, they’re not able to make this fight. Either Khabib gets hurt or Tony gets hurt or someone gets hurt…”
“It’s a very unlikely chance that this fight is going to happen.
“So, they’re not going to strip the champion, and then have this fight fall through, and then not have a champion.
“I think the day of weigh-ins They’re going to strip [Conor McGregor], it’s going to make big news, and then have a title fight, and it’s also going to make big news.
“So it’s going to make for a lot of publicity in one day.”