Eddie Alvarez Believes He Can Beat Khabib
Khabib Nurmagomedov has defeated each man that every MMA promotion has put in front of him. Amassing an incredible 28-0 professional record, clearly finding the solution to beating Khabib is easier said than done.
High profile names like Dustin Poirier and Conor Mcgregor have all tried and fallen to the Eagle via pure domination, as the fighters before them. However, Ex-UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez believes that he has the key to victory against Khabib.
Alvarez Believes His Style Beats Nurmagomedov
The conversation wasn’t the first time Eddie wants to prove himself against Khabib. Eddie has been wanting to fight the Eagle dating all the way back to last year.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 26, 2018
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Alvarez revealed what he believes it takes to compete against Nurmagomedov and win.
“I think it’s going to take a certain style, and if you don’t have that style, there’s a certain style you have to implement to beat him, and I feel like I can implement that style the best in this division, and I don’t know who else could,” Alvarez told MMA Junkie.
Documenting Implementing the Style to Win
Pointing to his second performance against Michael Chandler, Eddie believes that fight shows the documentation to back up his statements. Alvarez beat Chandler by split decision at Bellator 106 to win the Bellator lightweight title.
“If you watch the second Michael Chandler fight, and you watch a fight like that where you have a guy who just throws a big punch, tries to run you to the cage, tries to rip you to the ground, and pound you out on the ground, it’s like that’s the style you have to implement on a guy like that to beat him. You can’t stand in front of him. You’ve got to be able to move laterally. got to be able to shut down his wrestling, and when you do get into wrestling exchanges, you can’t be dominated. You’ve got to have another wrestler who can match his wrestling.” (via MMA Junkie)
Backing Up His Claims
Despite competing in ONE Championship, Eddie’s competitive nature assumes he would also make these statements if he were currently signed to the UFC. Lots of fans will wonder why Alvarez chose to make the observations against an undefeated fighter that he will probably never face.
Conversely, do fans agree with Eddie and his analysis? Does Alvarez have the tools to defeat the Eagle? Or, is he just trying to build the credibility of his current promotion and shedding light on the idea that the UFC has great fighters but so do other organizations?
Let us know in the comments below.