Leading up to UFC 202, Alvarez reported that he wanted to fight the winner of Nate Diaz – McGregor II, in his first title defense. Alvarez secured the lightweight belt back in early July, by quickly taking out Rafael dos Anjos.
Well, now that McGregor decisioned Diaz, and because he was heading to 155 earlier this year (before RDA was injured), there’s a lot of speculation about him fighting Alvarez. Recently the latter spoke with MMA Fighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, and of course, Mr. McGregor was brought up.
“I was impressed by like about seven minutes of it,” Alvarez said, while referring to McGregor’s win over Diaz. “About the first seven minutes and then it all looked really sloppy and didn’t look of championship caliber to me. It didn’t look like a guy who spent $300,000 on a training camp. I could have did that sh*t for $5, what just went on there. I think he could have spent a lot less and got a lot more.”
“In a sparring room, there’s always a guy, we call him the rest round,” Alvarez argued. “[McGregor is] the rest round. He’s the guy you grab when you’re super tired and you go, ‘Hey, c’mon man, let’s do a round.’
Alvarez is certainly doing his part to promote this fight with the trash talk, no question. But will it happen? Will the UFC grant McGregor a shot at the lightweight title? With an undefeated contender like Khabib Nurmagomedov in the wings? They just might.