Eddie Alvarez, a former UFC lightweight contender, who Conor McGregor defeated to become UFC lightweight champion at UFC 205 back in 2016, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding his former title and it’s perhaps the interesting theory we’ve heard yet.
The confusion surrounding the lightweight championship started just over a couple of weeks ago when UFC brass Dana White announced the interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight in the main event of UFC 223 on April 7.
Moreover, White has gone on record by saying that the UFC will stirp McGregor of his title if he doesn’t return soon. Even Journalist Ariel Helwani report that White “flat-out refused” to answer any questions as to whether McGregor has been stripped of the title.
Dana White flat out refuses to say Conor McGregor has been stripped but does say the 223 main event is for the undisputed title. Asked if he has been stripped or not, White says, next question.
As per UFC, both McGregor and Ferguson are the UFC lightweight champion. How can two men be champion in the same division? There can be no doubt UFC is playing some sort of hoax here and former champion, Eddie Alvarez has offered perhaps the best explanation yet as to what they are up to while speaking to MMAFighting.
“What’s going on is that this fight is 0 for 3. They’re not going to strip Conor of a belt and then have a vacant title for a fight that’s 0 for 3,” Alvarez said at the MMA Hour (transcript courtesy of Bloody Elbow).
“They have not been able to make this fight. Every time they book it, they’re not able to make the fight. Either Khabib gets hurt, Tony gets hurt or someone gets hurt,” he said. “So I think what the UFC is thinking — and this is just a theory, an opinion on my point — is that this fight is not going to happen. There’s a very unlikely chance that it’s going to happen, so they’re not going to strip the champion, then have this fight fall through and then not have a champion.”
“So I think the day of the weigh-ins, they’re going to strip (McGregor), it’s going to make real big news,” he said. “And then they’re going to have a title fight, and that’s also going to make big news. So it’s going to make for a lot of publicity in one day. That’s my theory.”
Are you guys agree with Eddie Alvarez’s recent remarks?