Michael Chiesa Blasts Eddie Alvarez For Critical Comments

Written by Tom Ngo
March 7th, 2017

UFC Michael Chiesa

After getting smoked by Conor McGregor to lose his UFC lightweight title in November, Eddie Alvarez knows his next fight is a big one. Alvarez is seeking a big name for his comeback bout, and apparently the veteran doesn’t believe Michael Chiesa (pictured) is it.

“No,” Alvarez told “The MMA Hour” of facing Chiesa. “I don’t want it. There’s nothing — zero — for me to gain in this fight. I lost, no doubt I lost. I don’t want to go that far back. I’d rather fight a big name, like a Nate Diaz. Somebody who has done what I’ve done, who’s put the work in that I’ve put in. Somebody who has fought the guys I’ve fought. Not a guy who has fought no one yet.”

It didn’t take long for Chiesa to catch wind of Alvarez’s comments. It took even less time for Chiesa to return fire:

Chiesa is not a former UFC champion, but he has won five of his last six bouts, including three straight. Four of those victories came via submission.

However, Alvarez might have a point here. Outside of Beneil Dariush, none of the other four opponents Chiesa has beaten on his current winning streak are currently ranked.

Alvarez, meanwhile, has essentially faced the who’s who of the lightweight division since joining the UFC in 2014 – Donald Cerrone, Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos and McGregor. That’s not even including the body of work Alvarez has accumulated over his 14-year career.

As for who’s a big enough name for Alvarez to return against, he was eyeing a scrap with Nate Diaz. However, Alvarez claims Diaz declined the dance. Diaz appears content with sitting the sidelines and waiting for a trilogy with McGregor, even though that fight has not even been discussed by anyone but Diaz.

It will be interesting to see how the chips will fall in the UFC’s deep lightweight division after Saturday’s debacle between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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