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Eddie Alvarez says he’ll defeat Rafael dos Anjos, become UFC champion ‘whether you like it or not’

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To Eddie Alvarez, the stage is irrelevant.

What matters right now is that he’s fighting Rafael dos Anjos July 7 for the UFC lightweight title. Those are the only pertinent details.

“I don’t give a s**t where [this fight takes place],” Alvarez told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “I don’t care if they even got a ref in there. Where this thing is and when it airs and where it airs, that ain’t got nothing to do with me. I’m getting a world title shot. I’m getting the opportunity to do something that I’ve been fighting 13 years for. I don’t care where they view this or if they view this at all. I couldn’t give two sh**s. I just want that title shot.”

Many fans, however, don’t share Alvarez’s view. When his matchup with dos Anjos was announced, considerable blow-back followed. The fight will be shown live on UFC Fight Pass, marking the first time a men’s title fight ever aired via the online streaming service.

Alvarez reiterates: This point just does not matter.

“We can make it [the fight] on the walkway on the way out,” Alvarez said. “We could fight right there. Fighting, it doesn’t matter, man. We’re going to get this thing done, and it’s going to be done violently, in a high-pace, violent fashion. That’s it. It don’t matter what venue it’s on, what channel it’s on, if it’s on at all. The title fight is happening, and Eddie Alvarez is about to be the next lightweight champion whether you like it or not.”

While he maintains supreme confidence in his ability to secure gold July 7, Alvarez acknowledges his opponent’s skill. He’s not taking anything away from what dos Anjos (25-7) has accomplished – particularly in claiming and defending the belt ….View full article

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