Now that he’s the proud owner of the UFC lightweight belt, everyone has something to say about Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But if anyone’s opinion carries weight, it’s that of former champ Eddie Alvarez. Because, you know, he was the champ himself.
Anyway, Alvarez doesn’t think too much of the Dagestani wrestler, or at least the path Nurmagomedov took to becoming king. I mean, Nurmagomedov did win the title after beating Al Iaquinta after all, and not someone in the top ten of the rankings.
As per MMAJunkie:
“What’s funny about this whole thing is, Khabib wasn’t a champion,” Alvarez said. “Now he’s the champion after beating no. 11. Let’s just get that out in the open. He says, ‘paper champion, who’s fake champion, who’s real champion?’ You beat no. 11, and now you’re champion. So think on that. Pray on that during Ramadan. No. 11, and now you’re champion.
“When I fought for the title, I literally fought no. 5, 4, 3, 2, then 1,” Alvarez continued. “I fought a champion, a guy who was a champion, who had a belt. That’s a real champion. I’ll continue to fight the best, and I’ll wait my turn. I’ll let the UFC do their job, pick who’s next in line, and I’ll be waiting there for all of them.”