Speaking on Periscope, the number one ranked lightweight contender talked all things Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz and co.
Via MMADigest in a half-hour Q&A session with fans, Eddie Alvarez revealed that he wasn’t even asked to replace Rafael Dos Anjos after the Brazilian withdrew from UFC 196 with a foot injury. This is despite currently sitting atop the UFC lightweight rankings having defeated former champion Anthony Pettis last month.
Alvarez feels that the UFC made the right choice, as it would have been “foolish” on the part of the company and Conor McGregor himself.
“I’m a bad style match-up”, he claimed.
“I’m just not a guy to pick on a last minute call. I’m a veteran, I’m durable. I’m a lot of things you need to get mentally prepared for, so I didn’t think I was gonna get a call. I wasn’t even in the running.”
While viewing McGregor as an easy win for himself, Alvarez is certain that the Irishman will dominate proceedings against Nate Diaz on March 5.
“It’s a perfect style match up for Conor.”
“He picked a guy who bears no threat of a takedown – just like Denis Siver and just like every other opponent he got. You’re just gonna stand and box where he’s absolutely comfortable.”
He also stood up for Frankie Edgar, who has been outraged at the opponent selection process carried out by UFC President, Dana White.
“He’s done a lot for this promotion, if he could’ve fought, he would’ve.”