Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez said he had received an offer to compete against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.
Before UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) stepped in to save the day, Alvarez (29-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) said the rise was "shopping" up Options to beat the injured Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) against Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) on Saturday at Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY
Like everyone else, Alvarez also held Ferguson's injury for an April Fool's joke. After realizing that this was not the case, the reality of his situation became clear.
"It would have been great to be ready for this fight and ready to save the day," said Alvarez on his Instagram story Feed. "But unfortunately I'm way too big to reach the 1
Unfortunately for the ex-champion he is "every bit" 190 pounds.
"I'm heavier than me I have not fought for a long time," said Alvarez, who had a big surprise against UFC 219 against Justin Gaethje (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) last December a lot of water I hold a lot of glycogen because I'm so muscular so to make 155 on six days it would be impossible I would probably kill myself. "
If the UFC's replacement offer had arrived a month earlier, Alvarez said it could not have.
"I'm a little disappointed with myself because I had the foresight to see it," he said. "I even talked about it happening, but when it took three or four weeks, I just (expressively) said these guys are going to fight, and there's really no reason for me to be ready."
Sunday cancellation It was the fourth time that a fight between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov was scratched. According to UFC president Dana White, Ferguson will lose the provisional title he won against Kevin Lee on UFC 216.
Alvarez countered the offer of the UFC with an application for a welterweight or a catchweight fight, and he also talked about the move fighting to a date before Ramadan, when the Muslim Nurmagomedov takes a break from the fighting.
But the UFC just wanted to know how deep he could get for the fight, adding that Nurmagomedov's people wanted an opponent who was a champion, Alvarez
"I did not feel like I was the type I should choose, "he said. "I think Max was the right one, and they needed other options, so they could, I think, make a few bids and see who goes in the lowest and best."
Holloway faces a steep weight loss to make the slight limit for Saturday. His nutritionist George Lockhart told several MMA outlets that the number of pounds Holloway has to lose is tied to the biggest weight loss a client has attempted.
Alvarez admitted that he had his own reservations about the fight. 19659002] "Khabib is not the fighter you pick up six days in advance," he said. "To defeat Khabib, you need to be conditioned, number one, he's already posing a unique style, but # 1, you have to be very, very, well conditioned." Beating Khabib six days in advance is a very, very hard question. "
Alvarez, who underestimates the weight reduction and Nurmagomedov's abilities, gives Holloway no good chance to win on Saturday night.
"Max Holloway is a (force expression), he said." Max Holloway single-handedly ran through his division, battling the best guys in the world, but anyone who fights understands the difference between someone who is at the peak of his life Training camp stands, and someone who is just starting the training camp. It is a huge difference.
"We will not see real Max Holloway on Saturday, we just are not, as much as we love Max Holloway and I think he is the world of his, and I think he will be a great champion we will not see the real Max Holloway on Saturday. "
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