While Rafael dos Anjos is not looking past his fight with Eddie Alvarez, he has warned that he will only put his UFC lightweight belt on the line in the future if there is a worthy opponent.
First capturing the belt in March 2015 with a dominant decision victory over new featherweight transplant Anthony Pettis, dos Anjos has won five straight bouts dating back to April 2014.
The Brazilian meets with Alvarez on July 7 at UFC Fight Night 90 and he is full of respect for the challenger.
“[Alvarez is] a guy that earned it,” dos Anjos said.
“He beat two former world champions. He beat Anthony Pettis. He beat Melendez.”
However, the 31-year-old feels that there are too many fighters in the division that are under the impression that a title fight is some kind of basic right that must be afforded to all.
When asked about the validity of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s push for a meeting with him, dos Anjos was scathing in his response.
“His last fight was against a guy with a full-time job, and I beat Diaz, Pettis, Ben Henderson, Cerrone, and I earned it,” dos Anjos said.
“I earned my title.
“You can’t just beat a guy that went there just to cover some guy that got an injury and then this guy, after two-and-a-half years, get a title shot.”