For a very long time, the finished Eddie Alvarez has kept up that he has the style to hand Khabib Nurmagomedov his first expert misfortune. Eventually the matching neglected to at any point happen as intended, with Khabib resigning from professional mixed martial arts while Alvarez now plys his exchange Singapore at ONE Championship.
While we have never seen the two lightweight symbols remain inverse one another, Alvarez isn’t really feeling solemn about that reality, wishing the undefeated UFC lightweight boss the best with his retirement.
Submitting normal adversary, Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, UAE last October, Khabib refered to the miserable passing of his dad, Abdulmanap as his thinking for reporting a fairly stunning retirement following effectively binding together the lightweight titles.
In the months since, UFC president, Dana White has reliably and straightforwardly endeavored to persuade Khabib to make a retirement ‘u-turn’ in an offer for one last battle. Preceding UFC 257 in January, film arose of White straightforwardly gliding potential compensation per-see numbers with Khabib if he somehow managed to return in a terrible blooded rematch with Conor McGregor — before the Dubliner’s knockout misfortune to Dustin Poirier on ‘Battle Island’.
Talking with LowKick MMA journalist, Jordan Ellis as of late, Alvarez addressed the retirement position of Khabib — guaranteeing he was glad to see him head out into the dusk with his wallet full and “settled” with himself.
“Good on him (Khabib Nurmagomedov) man, good on him,” Alvarez said. “This is a dangerous life. It’s a stressful life. You know, I’ve been fighting since I was 19-years-old, I’m 37(-years-old now). When someone could be at peace with themselves and make the money he has, and get out of the danger of the sport, and the stress of the sport — I think it makes for a really good, really good situation.“
“My hat’s off to him, you know,” Alvarez said. “Not many people leave this sport wealthy, healthy, and intact — and have peace, you know. I feel like he’s one of the few guys who are going to be able to do that.“
Planning for his own rebound, the Philidelphia most loved presently can’t seem to include in dynamic rivalry since August of 2019 where he took a first round back bare stifle triumph throughout previous double cross ONE Championship lightweight champion, Eduard Folayang.
Scheduled to return on April seventh. at ONE on TNT I — Alvarez coordinates with one-time ONE Championship title challenger, Iuri Lapicus in a potential title-eliminator, underneath a rescheduled flyweight title conflict between occupant gold holder, Adriano Martins and individual previous UFC champion, Demetrious Johnson.
An eighteen-year proficient, Alvarez has struck gold across the UFC, Bellator, and BodogFIGHT — with any semblance of Tatsuya Kawajiri, Toby Imada, Josh Neer, Roger Huerta, Pat Curran, Shinya Aoki, Patricky Freire, Michael Chandler, Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis, Rafael dos Anjos, and the previously mentioned Gaethje littered on an elegant expert list of references.