After so many years of fighting the top fighters outside of the UFC, Eddie Alvarez finds himself headlining the biggest card in the sport’s history.
Defending his title against the biggest superstar in the sport in the UFC’s debut event in New York, Alvarez calls this “a dream come true.”
“I fought all over the world against the best guys in the world,” Alvarez said during a media conference call Thursday. “Fighting personally I never saw it as a job, I saw it as an opportunity. I never really looked at it as if it was going to work out financially or maybe it wouldn’t. I was never sure, I just knew that I loved what I was doing. I made a lot of promises to a lot of people early in my career and just to be able to get the UFC title, get to the pay-per-view, get to the biggest event in MSG. It’s a dream come true and the time is here. I’m excited about it, and I think I have the right guy in front of me to do some big things.”
Alvarez faces Conor McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion. While McGregor has his sights set on becoming a two-division champion in the UFC — the first to ever do so in the No. 1 promotion on the planet — Alvarez has some lofty goals of his own.
“I will go down as the best lightweight in UFC history, that’s what I’ll go down as,” Alavrez said. “It’ll start with [McGregor], but then, I will make UFC great again and I will continue to fight the No. 1 guys who belong here. I sincerely felt I deserved a break. [UFC 205] is my break, and then we’ll get back to some real s–t and get back to fighting the real number one contenders, who fight the best guys and earn their way to the title, not the guys who have a funny accent and sell tickets”