ByJason Nawara, writer at
Jason Nawara

The conference call is in the books and now we're one step closer to either history being made, or Conor McGregor's unstoppable hype machine getting derailed (at least for a little while).

Between McGregor's rants and boasts was Eddie Alvarez, giggling or outright laughing at some of the things Conor was saying. In fact, the lightweight champ thinks it will be an "honor" to shut the featherweight champ's mouth. Alvarez has seen it all, and done it all. This doesn't bother him, or so he says.

All of this led to Alvarez stating that he wants to make the UFC lightweight division great again. But what does that mean? When did the UFC lightweight division stop being great? It's long been one of the deepest and nastiest divisions in the sport, since the days of Jens Pulver and BJ Penn to Pettis and Ben Henderson.

Perhaps Alvarez simply doesn't want Conor to be in the title picture, despite the cash injection he's about to get. A reoccurring theme of the call was Alvarez downplaying McGregor's opponents, saying he was getting beat up by Chad Mendes, and has been ducking Alvarez's teammate, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, for, "two years."

"He's fought a bunch of chumps. If they gave me that resume and I had the same opponents the same sh*t would happen. Styles make match ups. When you fight the true best guys in the world, it's going to be tough. You're not going to look as good."

And like that, Conor became furious. Screaming into the phone, to which Eddie replied with a calm explanation:

"I know what I'm capable of and I can get it done in any matter. His defense is atrocious. Might be the worst in the division. If he even thinks about wrestling I might just knock him the f*ck out before that. You guys are all in for a treat."

With a goofy smile and bad jokes, Eddie Alvarez is playing a perfect foil to Conor's bravado. Maybe Eddie really is making the lightweight division great again, but what's undeniable is that it will be with the help of Conor McGregor.


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