A very confident Eddie Alvarez is already thinking about life after he beats Conor McGregor at UFC 205.
The UFC lightweight king is bracing for arguably the biggest fight of his career – a champion vs champion superfight that could potentially see his opponent become the first two-division title holder in UFC history.
It's a massive occasion, but for Alvarez it is only the first stepping stone in a quest for total domination of the lightweight division.
After he beats McGregor, Alvarez told the media on Friday, he will turn his attention to lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, both of whom have been on outstanding runs in the division.
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In fact, said the 32-year-old, McGregor might be the biggest draw, but Nurmagomedov and Ferguson are the "real" number one contenders.
"I will go down as the best lightweight in UFC history, that's what I'll go down as," Alvarez said. "It'll start with him [McGregor], but then, I will make UFC great again and I will continue to fight the number one guys who belong here.
"I sincerely felt I deserved a break. This [UFC 205] is my break, and then we'll get back to some real s*** and get back to fighting the real number one contenders, who fight the best guys and earn their way to the title, not the guys who have a funny accent and sell tickets."
Despite taking some shots at McGregor, Alvarez admitted his upcoming fight with the Irishman was "a dream come true".
"I fought all over the world against the best guys in the world," Alvarez said. "Fighting personally I never saw it as a job, I saw it as an opportunity. I never really looked at it as if it was going to work out financially or maybe it wouldn't. I was never sure, I just knew that I loved what I was doing. I made a lot of promises to a lot of people early in my career and just to be able to get the UFC title, get to the pay-per-view, get to the biggest event in MSG. Its' a dream come true and the time is here. I'm excited about it, and I think I have the right guy in front of me to do some big things."