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Watch: Eddie Alvarez Explains Why It’s Taking Him So Long To Book Another Fight

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Eddie Alvarez has gone into some detail with regard to the delay in making his UFC return.

Since suffering an emphatic loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 205, Eddie Alvarez stepped away from the limelight for a couple of months to spend some time with his family. However, now looking to step back inside the octagon, the former lightweight champion is finding it difficult to get a fight made.

Although the UFC have presented ‘one or two’ options to Alvarez, the 33-year-old told Ariel Helwani that there needed to be something ‘of value’ on the line for him to return.

“A fight is a fight,” Alvarez said. “Everybody is good. When I step inside the cage, I want there to be some kind of value — something that I can get excited about.”

Alvarez also revealed that the UFC had offered him a bout with Nate Diaz but that the Stockton man had turned down the fight – a decision that Alvarez found extremely surprising.

“I’m shocked,” Alvarez said. “He got a taste of that money and now he changed.”

“I really thought that Nate Diaz would have fought me,” Alvarez said. “He said a lot of stuff in Mexico. He looks at me funny in lobbies and sh*t like that. I thought if worst comes to worst, Nate would definitely fight me. I was actually shocked when they gave him a bout agreement and he said no to that. I thought he would fight me for sure.”

“I understand his thought process,” Alvarez said. “I have an idea of what he’s getting paid. It wouldn’t make sense for him to take a normal pay check for him to fight me. It would make sense for him to wait 10 years and possibly get the Conor fight, rather than fight me and be impatient. It would make more sense for him to be patient. So I understand the business aspect of it. It’s intelligent of him to do, but eventually you’re gonna have to get back in the cage. Time is ticking. We’ll see.”

Check out Eddie Alvarez explaining all the latest with regard to his comeback in the video below.

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