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Morning Report: Eddie Alvarez wants to fight the winner of Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz, says ‘who gives a s*** about rankings?’

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UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has his sights set on the winner of the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

When Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz rematch at UFC 202 in August they may well be fighting for more than pride; they might be fighting for a shot at the UFC lightweight title.

Earlier this month Eddie Alvarez upset Rafael dos Anjos to become the UFC lightweight champion. In the aftermath of his title win, questions abound over who would get the first shot at the new champion with both Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov riding long winning streaks in the division. But the champ seems to have other intentions. Yesterday in an interview with Luis Gomez and Dave Smith on SiriusXM Rush’s The Countdown, Alvarez discussed his plans for the lightweight title and why he thinks rankings don’t matter.

“Initially I want the winner of Conor-Nate. I would like a big pay-per-view, big money fight. I’m willing to wait for one of them guys. I almost got in a fight with Nate in Mexico City so maybe we can settle our differences, and if Conor happens to win I welcome that fight as well.

“The number one contender in my weight class has fought once in about the last three years or something. So I’m a little nervous about fighting a guy like that who barely shows up to fight. So Conor and Nate, they’re the guys on my radar, one of them I’d really like to get my hands on.”

Nurmagomedov has actually fought three times in the last three years but did sit out all of 2015 due to injury troubles. His return fight earlier this year was supposed to be against Ferguson in a title eliminator but Ferguson was forced to withdraw ….View full article

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