To kick off the UFC’s big long weekend in Las Vegas heading into UFC 200 on Saturday night, Eddie Alvarez made the first big statement by taking the lightweight belt from Rafael dos Anjos. The underdog Alvarez caught dos Anjos with a right hand that wobbled him, and then proceeded to take him apart in the first round.
He put him away with punches at 3:49 of the first round.
And afterwards, when discussing what was next in the UFC’s most competitive division, the Philadelphia native said he’d like to get “gimme” fight after hacking through a murderer’s row. He even dropped a well-known name.
‘I think for me, by far, the best lightweight in this division is Rafael dos Anjos,” the new champ Alvarez said. “I had the better night tonight, for sure, but this can go either way. There are great competitors and there’s a real small margin for error, and if you mess up once, it could have been me at the other end of that punch, so this guy 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, and before him was Gilbert [Melendez], these are the best guys in the division. I’m not taking on top 15 guys. So I would ask Dana White, please give me an easier fight like Conor McGregor. I deserve that. I’ve been fighting the best guys, so I would like a gimme fight. So, Conor, I’d more than welcome that.”
The 32-year-old Alvarez has now three fights in a row since losing his UFC debut against Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 in 2014. The TKO over dos Anjos was also his first finish since coming over to the UFC ….View full article
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