Eddie Alvarez is still determined to face the winner of Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II at UFC 202.
The Philadelphia-based fighter captured the lightweight title when he blasted Rafael dos Anjos in the first round at UFC Fight Night 90 last month. And, since his acquisition of the belt, he’s has been looking to call the shots.
The former two-time Bellator 155-pound champion hasn’t stopped talking about McGregor, and Alvarez didn’t let up when he spoke to his local news station, CSN Philly yesterday.
According to Alvarez, he’s willing to fight ‘The Notorious’ in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland.
“It’s hard for me to be intimidated by a guy who gets his suits at Build-A-Bear,” Alvarez said, per Jonathan Bradley of FOX Sports. “I’m not intimidated … but anywhere, Ireland, where ever he would want to do it at, I’m more than happy to accommodate him.”
Although he’d like to face McGregor, Alvarez is just as open to fight Diaz, who he predicts will win on Aug. 20. The newly-crowned champ claims to have had a heated confrontation with the Stockton local backstage at an event in Mexico.
“It’s not even about him, more so the winner of him and Nate. He may not even win and my thought is he’s not going to,” Alvarez said. “And Nate, me and him almost got in a fight in Mexico outside of the cage … I was fighting his teammate and he didn’t like that so I confronted him about it. And he didn’t like the way I confronted him. So I’d like to settle that score. Either one of them guys.”
Diaz vs. McGregor II, which headlines UFC 202, takes place on August 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.