Ferguson Not Impressed With Alvarez’s Most Violent Title
Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and discussed inaugural The Most Violent Fighter title that earned beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 218.
However, current division champion Conor McGregor has not defended his belt in over a year, nor did he ever defend his featherweight title. And Tony Ferguson has been declared Interim champ. But Fergson is out with an elbow injury. Alvarez sees opportunity in the mess.
“I want the best fights, I want them to be violent, and I want the fans to be jumping and screaming the same way they were on Dec. 2 in Detroit,” said Alvarez, as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting. “That felt good to me, so I want to continue to feel good about the fights that I’m in.”
“I’m a realist. My eye’s always on that gold belt. I feel like I f***ed up, I lost my belt, and I’m pissed about it. But I’m being realistic. I can’t, we can’t make Conor get back in there, he’s going to ask for certain [things], it’s gonna take awhile for that guy to defend that. Tony is waiting for Conor. Tony is going to sit, he’s gonna wait for that Conor fight and try to get that big payday.”
“Right now, s*** just isn’t defined with the title. And to be honest, there’s not a lot of value in it. What value is in it? There’s an interim guy who beat the No. 7 guy to become the champion. That’s not a champion. You can’t bring the No. 7 ranked guy in and then put him against the No 1 contender and he beats him and says now you’re the champion. That’s silly in any organization, any sport, anything. So the champion isn’t defending. So now the value of the belt loses its value. So for me I’m like, let’s make another belt, whoever is the Most Violent. We can make up whatever belts we want.”
Ferguson was not impressed.
“My Belt Can Hold More Weight Than Yours Ever Could,” he wrote on his social network, in his characteristic title caps. “Ten Straight [wins] and All Bloodbaths. I’d Make Up Titles Too If I Was Sour From Bein’ KO’d By A Featherweight In Title Fight. Dana White You Hired A Bunch Of B****es, I Beat Em’ All #DefendorVacate MF’er.”
My Belt Can Hold More Weight Than Yours Ever Could @Ealvarezfight 10Str8 & All Bloodbaths. I'd Make Up Titles Too If I Was Sour From Bein' KO'd By A Featherweight In Title Fight- @Danawhite You Hired A Bunch Of Bitches, I Beat Em' All #DefendorVacate MF'er ????????????@thenotoriousmma
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) December 15, 2017
Alvarez responded quickly.
I would rip your skinny body apart if I cared to fight you , but I don’t care to fight You soo … Merry Christmas “Champ” ????????????
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) December 15, 2017
And Ferguson responded in kind.
@TheNotoriousMMA Wannabe K.O.T.Jungle Looks Like A Pussy To Me ???? Keep Hiding Behind The Brass Like A Gimp, Bitch. Papi Is Coming For U ???????? EC
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) November 22, 2017
Ferguson would be deeply irrational not to be holding out for a title shot at McGregor. But if that falls through, Tony Ferguson vs. Eddie Alvarez for the belt and the Most Violent title would be a great fight.