UFC 223: Eddie Alvarez Argues He’s The Only Lightweight Who Can Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov
By FCF Staff
Khabib Nurmagomedov has won all 25 of his pro bouts to date, and Eddie Alvarez believes that trend will continue, until they face off in the cage.
Nurmagomedov is scheduled to fight interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson this Saturday, at UFC 223. The fight will unfolds as Ferguson is riding a 10 fight winning streak, but recently Alvarez had this take on the April 7th bout (quote via UFC.com):
“I think Tony Ferguson has the heart, the will and the work ethic to do well,” Alvarez said. “I just don’t think that he has the type of build or is the type of athlete to beat Khabib. I’ve been watching their fights for the last couple months and when I look at a guy who gave Khabib trouble in Gleison Tibau, I look at a very basic guy who has strong wrestling and is a very strong, athletic person. I kind of look at a guy like myself a little. (Laughs) I think in this division, I’m the only guy who can beat Khabib. I don’t see any other really hard opponents for him. I don’t think Tony is strong enough, and that’s going to come into play. He’s too long and lean and he’s just not strong enough of a wrestler to do it.”
Alvarez, meanwhile, is coming off a knockout win over Justin Gaethje in December. The former champ’s next bout has yet to be determined.
UFC 223 will take place in Brooklyn, New York.