Saturday 17 March 2018

'Please give me an easy fight like Conor McGregor' - Eddie Alvarez doesn't think much of Irishman

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Tom Rooney

Eddie Alvarez, the newly-minted UFC lightweight champion, would prefer an altogether manageable opponent for his first title defence, so he’s asked to be matched with Conor McGregor.

Last night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Alvarez dethroned Rafael Dos Santos in devastating fashion in the main event of UFC Fight Night 90.

It took the American just shy of four minutes to dispatch of Dos Anjos via brutal TKO, having initially stunned him with a clubbing right hand.

Dos Anjos, who was defending his crown for the second time, sought to weather the subsequent barrage of strikes but, clearly, was out on his feet before referee Herb Dean intervened. The 31-year-old had won 10 of his last 11 fights in arguably the promotion’s most competitive division.

Of course, Dos Anjos was scheduled to face Conor McGregor at UFC 196 in March but was forced to withdraw from the bout with a foot injury. Nate Diaz, on 11 days’ notice, was drafted in as a replacement and duly submitted the Dubliner via second round submission in a makeshift welterweight contest.

Just prior to last night’s card, the first of three to be staged in as many days as part of International Fight Week, McGregor and Diaz appeared at a press conference for their rematch at UFC 202 on August 20.

Needless to say, the SBG man was topic of conversation thereafter, and the possibility of facing him was put to Alvarez.

The Philadelphia native, who has won titles in every organisation he’s fought, would be more than happy to give McGregor his chance at becoming the first man ever to concurrently hold belts in two different divisions.

“This guy (dos Anjos) to the right of me, is the best in the division. To be able to come out with a win over him and before him was (Anthony) Pettis, before him was Gilbert (Melendez),” he said at the post fight press conference. 

“These are the best guys in the division. I’m not taking on top 15 guys. I would ask Dana White please to give me an easier fight like Conor McGregor. I deserve that. I’ve been fighting the best guys. I would like a gimme fight. So, Conor? I more than welcome that.”

McGregor must first overcome Diaz, though while speaking at the aforementioned presser, he reiterated his intention to dominate multiple divisions. He is yet to defend his featherweight crown and, on Saturday, Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo will fight for the interim belt.

“I have other business that has presented itself, that I must handle first. But make no mistake, 145, 155, these are all my divisions and I will continue to come back and dominate them.”

Meanwhile, Donegal lightweight Joe Duffy bounced back from his lopsided loss to Dustin Poirier by submitting Mitch Clarke in just 25 seconds, taking his UFC record to 3-1. It was ‘Irish Joe’s third first round stoppage since joining the promotion.

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