Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie “The Silent Assassin” Alvarez finally made his way to the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in 2014, but ended up losing his debut to Donald Cerrone at UFC 178.
He would then bounce back with a win over Gilbert Melendez at last June’s UFC 188, and is now gearing up for a tilt with former champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the co-main event of next week’s (January 17, 2015) UFC Fight Night 81.
In the somewhat thin 155 pound division, this scrap could be deemed a title eliminator, but it seems as if Alvarez won’t be receiving a title shot if victorious against “Showtime”.
According to multiple reports, it’s all but confirmed that reigning featherweight champion and Irish superstar Conor McGregor will be moving up in weight to challenge 155 pound title holder Rafael dos Anjos at March’s UFC 195.
Alavarez and Pettis recently welcomed McGregor’s move up, but “The Silent Assassin” feels as if the “Notorious” is simply ducking a bout with well deserving featherweight contender Frankie “The Answer” Edgar:
“I’ve been in the game a long time, I understand what the game’s about; (McGregor’s) done a great job with what he’s doing and he’s getting everything he deserves. What I do think is that Frankie Edgar will beat him, and it’s really convenient to leave the division right now when the only person left is Frankie Edgar. That’s what I think.” Alvarez told MMAJunkie.
Edgar, a man who has won five straight including three finishes, has been gunning hard for a shot at McGregor, but it seems as if the brash Irishman holds the keys to his future in this sport.
While many feel as if “The Answer” has the perfect style to dethrone the 145 pound king, it must also be noted that McGregor isn’t looking for an easy way out.
Dos Anjos has looked like an absolute destroyer as of late, and may be the toughest possible test for McGregor.
No matter the order, the “Notorious” one has a murderer’s row of hungry contenders waiting to take him out.
Can he come out unscathed?