Ever since Eddie Alvarez demolished former champion Rafael dos Anjos to claim the UFC Lightweight Championship, talks of him facing Conor McGregor sparked immediately.
McGregor has made it publicly known in the past that he aims to be a two-division UFC champion, and going through Alvarez would be the only way to achieve that goal.
Alvarez lifted the title from dos Anjos last July at UFC Fight Night 90, defeating the Brazilian by technical knockout inside of one round.
It was the first time since 2008 that dos Anjos had been knocked out.
Prior to the loss, dos Anjos seemed to be unstoppable at lightweight, after defeating the likes of top fighters Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone.
That was of course until dos Anjos ran into Alvarez, who came out of nowhere to deliver a spectacular beatdown.
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After dethroning dos Anjos, Alvarez started calling out the UFC Featherweight Champion and made known his sentiments that a showdown with McGregor will be an ‘easy fight.’
A few weeks after that claim was made, Alvarez put more pressure on McGregor saying that not only would the McGregor fight be easy for him, but that he would ‘viciously’ finish the Irishman.
McGregor, characteristically, did not back down from the smack talk, calling Alvarez a ‘bum.’
McGregor’s decision is still in limbo on where his career goes after defeating Nate Diaz in a highly-anticipated rematch last month at UFC 202.
Head coach John Kavanagh is pushing for his star pupil to take the fight against Alvarez. Kavanagh feels McGregor would stop Alvarez inside of two rounds.