Eddie Alvarez, the UFC's new Lightweight champ, who finished Rafael Dos Anjos via first round knockout back in July, will look to defend his title for the first time at UFC 205, but against who, is the big question. We have heard Alvarez speak time and time again, almost to the point of it being annoying, about how little respect he has for Conor McGregor's game and how easily he feels he would defeat the 145-pound champ. So while Eddie has virtually begged for a fight with Conor, we got some news from Dana White yesterday that Alvarez may in fact be getting a fight at UFC 205 like he has requested, but not against Conor, but against the Eagle, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Khabib has been sidelined from UFC action for much of the past two years, finally returning to the octagon a few months ago, where he was supposed to face Tony Ferguson, but due to injury had to fight UFC newcomer Darrell Horcher, whom he defeated in the second round via TKO. The Eagle is 23-0, and has dominated some of the best lightweights in the world, with his world class wrestling and pin-point striking.
Now, me personally, I would love to see Conor make a run at that 155 pound belt like he was supposed to way back in March, but I have made my stance clear on what I feel Conor must do, and that is return to the featherweight division and defend his belt. And if there is one clear contender in the lightweight division, it is Khabib Nurmagomedov. Eddie Alvarez is a very tough fighter to be a fan of, because while Eddie's skill in not questioned, he is not much of a fan fighter, noting that he will execute any gameplan to win, and is not there to please the crowd. If he fought Conor, I would expect him to take Conor down and impose his strong grappling on the Irishman, and I would expect the exact opposite in a fight between him and Khabib, but the difference is, he cannot impose his will on Khabib in any way, because the Russian wrestler can strike with the best in the division.
I expect the announcement to be made soon as far as who Eddie will make his first title defense against, and with either of these two fights being added to the card, UFC 205 could be the card of the year.