Eddie Alavrez: ‘More Than 190lbs’ When UFC Approached Him To Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov
It appears Eddie Alvarez was another man who was in touch with the UFC to potentially replace Tony Ferguson against Khabib Nurmagomedov this weekend at UFC 223.
Alvarez, Brian Ortega, and the eventual replacement Max Holloway appear to be the men the UFC turned to during their hour of need.
Speaking via his Instagram account, this is how Alvarez said the conversation went down:
“It would’ve been great to step in and save the day, but unfortunately, I’m way too big to make it to the 155-pounds limit on just 6 days notice,” Alvarez said.
“I think most guys at 55, especially in the top-5 can’t make that 55 limit on just 6 days notice.
“I apologize to you guys, I’m a little disappointed, to be honest, I’m disappointed in myself a little bit because I kinda had the foresight to see this happening, but when it got to like three to fours weeks out, I just said f*** it, these guys are going to fight.”
Alvarez went on to reveal that he’s well in excess of the lightweight limit and that he’d offered an alternative solution to fighting at 155-pounds.
“I’m every bit of 190-pounds right now,” Alvarez said. “There wasn’t even a small chance I could make 155.
“What I did do was I spoke with the UFC all day long and we explored other options.
“I said ‘welterweight?’ I asked about doing a catchweight, but the UFC wasn’t sure, all they asked me was ‘what is the lowest you can get too?’
“I’m probably little more than 190-pounds to be honest with you.”
Watch the full Instagram Live video here: