clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Nurmagomedov says Alvarez turned down a fight against him twice

UFC champion Eddie Alvarez turned down a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov on two separate occasions, according to the top Russian contender.

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since Eddie Alvarez dethroned Rafael dos Anjos last month, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been eyeing a fight with the new UFC lightweight champion. And according to the top contender, Alvarez went as far as declining a fight against him.

In a pair of tweets written Tuesday, Nurmagomedov claimed UFC president Dana White wanted to book Alvarez vs. himself as the main event of UFC on FOX 21 in Vancouver, and then again on an October card.

As of right now, Alvarez has not responded to Nurmagomedov’s recent comments. But he made it clear after his title victory last month he has limited interest in a fight against the Russian and instead wants to fight the winner of Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II, which headlines UFC 202 this weekend.

Nurmagomedov (23-0) sat on the sidelines from April 2014 to this past April —  nearly two years — because of numerous injuries. He returned earlier this year and picked up a stoppage win over Darrell Horcher. He also holds a victory over former champ dos Anjos.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bloody Elbow Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your MMA and UFC news from Bloody Elbow