There was no shortage of plaudits for Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz after they waged a scintillating blood-soaked welterweight brawl at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The pair displayed heart and courage in astounding abundance, as they traded vicious shots for five brutal rounds in the main event of UFC 202.
It made for humbling and inspiring viewing.
The amount of heart in that fight was inspiring #ufc202
— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) August 21, 2016
These are two of the toughest dudes ever. #UFC202
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) August 21, 2016
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 21, 2016
However, while almost everyone else showered the bloodied and bruised combatants with praise, UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez remained unimpressed.
The man who ripped the 155-pound crown from the Rafael dos Anjos last month, has been calling out both McGregor and Diaz ever since his upset victory – making no secret of the fact that he is seeking big money fights above all else. But he has also been extremely critical of the part-time welterweights, claiming that they don’t deserve their status as the highest paid fighters in the company.
“The least best lightweights in the division are the highest paid,” said Alvarez on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “It’s bullshit. It is. It’s bullshit.”
The former Bellator champion also labelled McGregor vs Diaz 2 a “freak show”.
Despite the fact that this supposed “freak show” turned into an awe inspiring display of will and fortitude, Alvarez continued his denigration of ‘The Notorious’ Irishman and his Stockton rival via Twitter.
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) August 21, 2016
Alvarez may indeed get the fight he so craves, as McGregor appears uninterested in a featherweight rematch with December victim Jose Aldo and it was the lightweight belt that he had his eye before the impromptu series with Diaz began.