Alvarez faced McGregor at UFC 205 in November, in what was his first title defense as champ. McGregor rocked Alvarez early on with a big left – the latter never fully recovered, and he was stopped in round two.
Well, fast forward to now, and Alvarez is booked to face fellow contender, Dustin Poirier, at UFC 211. Recently Alvarez was a guest on Brian Stann’s Sirius XM show, and the former Bellator champ reported the following (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I had a bad night in November, and no problem. I got back on the horse about six weeks ago, met back up with my coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, Mark Henry and everybody, and we formulated a plan to come back to take over the division that I believe is mine… It was a small chapter in my full book that will be my career. It was a disastrous chapter but now we get to write some new good ones.”
There you have it. It would be silly to completely write off Alvarez’s chances of reclaiming the lightweight belt. After all, this is a guy who after losing to Donald Cerrone in 2014, went on to defeat Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos, en route to the championship. Not too many people were predicting that would be the case in 2015.
But, this is a division which in addition to Mr. McGregor, features the likes of Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov etc. So the path back to the belt is a dangerous one, to say the least.
First things first, however, as Alvarez needs to get by Poirier. That fight will go down on May 13th in Dallas.