Earlier this month Bellator finally released lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez from his contract. That very same day, Alvarez was signed to the UFC, and agreed to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 on September 27th.
Alvarez stated that he wants to fight UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis after Gilbert Melendez gets his shot at the champ.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has a different plan for Alvarez.
“I know I am after Gilbert Melendez. Not Ben Henderson, not Rafael dos Anjos, no Cerrone, no Eddie Alvarez. Eddie Alvarez is 0-0 in UFC. He’s Bellator lightweight champion, I know, but UFC is another level. For example, Daniel Cormier was the Heavyweight Grand Prix champion in Strikeforce; he come in UFC and win three, four fights before getting title fight. You want to go for a title fight? Come win three or so fights in UFC and and then get title shot. I’m 6-0 in UFC, undefeated, 22-0 and I deserve my title fight.”
Do you want to see Khabib fight for the lightweight strap after Gilbert Melendez?