Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez gear up for UFC 205 megabout in New York… here’s the pair’s war of words

Conor McGregor on Alvarez:

‘I’m going to retire him on this night. He has been through a hell of a lot of wars. He has been dropped continuously. I can see it in him. You can see the effects of war on his face. Respect to him, he’s a fighter, nothing but respect.

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‘But this will be it for you. You’re going to be badly, badly hurt, Eddie, and I mean that. It’s over for you. You will not fight again after this. You will not look the same, you will not think the same, and that’s it.

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‘I feel [people are] going to see something they haven’t seen before. I’m going to toy with this man. I’m going to really, truly rearrange his facial structure. His wife and kids will never recognise him again.

His friends and the people that he knows will know that he’s not the same man after this contest. So he’s going to be in a shock when he sees that. That’s it.

‘He’s just another broke bum trying to sell some s**t. That’s it. He’s broke and he’s desperate so he’s trying make out, ‘McGregor is this and McGregor’s that’. We’ve heard it before, he’s just another broke bum who can’t afford to pay his bills. That’s all that is.

‘You know, I don’t think he poses any threat. He’s a tough kid. He’s got some good fights under his belt. But I don’t see it going well for him. You know he will be unconscious.

‘He got it done by signing his last contract. He didn’t even negotiate new money for himself. Imagine that. He’s very, very lucky to be in the position he is [fighting against McGregor]. He understands that. That’s why he took this fight for the money he was on for the last fight. I mean, that says it all.

‘I’ve been whopping his style, I’ve been whopping that style a long, long time. He’s a stocky, stuffed wrestler with an overhand. That’s it. I’ve been beating these guys up.

‘Like I said, he is chinny. He gets cracked, he gets dropped. It has happened throughout his career. He is a weathered fighter. He is on his way out. He is very, very lucky to be in the position he is in. One round it will take me to knock him out.

‘He’s going to be shooting, panicking, I’m going to be hitting him from everywhere. Sooner or later, he’s going to fall. One of those elbows, one of those shots are going to dig into that soft, sweet spot, into the temple. And that’s all she wrote! Two-weight world champion! UFC history! New York! The Irish are back!

Eddie Alvarez on McGregor:

‘I know what I’m capable of and I can get it done in any manner. Any manner. If he begins to even think about wrestling, his defence is atrocious. He has good striking but his defence is terrible, terrible – might be the worst in the division.

‘But as far as shutting his (McGregor’s) mouth and giving him some humility, it will be an honour. A lot of people will show up to cheer for him but a lot of people are also going to show up and enjoy watching him be defeated.

‘I think the fight will end inside of two rounds. Around the nine-minute mark I should be able to overcome him. We will put him in some bad situations early and start getting him to doubt himself and when that happens it’s the beginning of the end.’

‘This guy is so offensive-minded and never on the defence that whenever you put him on the defence, he gets so flustered and so upset,’

‘At a certain point in our press conference call he got desperate. He started talking about my wife and kids and things like that. That for me is just a sign of desperation. You don’t talk about another man’s family unless you’re like through the roof p****d off.

‘I never felt so unthreatened by a human being as when I was up on a stage with him. That’s the God’s honest truth. I’ve never felt so unthreatened. The conditioning aspect [of McGregor] is just not a good level of conditioning. The last Nate Diaz fight was a very big eye opener for me.

‘This guy’s [McGregor] got eight minutes of fight in him and that’s it. He quits after eight minutes every fight. He’s not a championship fighter. He’s never been. And he’s never ever fought anyone in the UFC like me. Ever. He spent $300,000 on his last camp and gassed out eight minutes in.
‘When I mention ‘fighter’ you guys are thinking about technique. I am not thinking about technique. When I say ‘fighter’ I am thinking about how you deal with adversity, how you deal with being in bad situations. He deals terribly with being in bad situations and doesn’t come back.

‘Style makes match-ups and when you pick the style you want to fight, you can knock everyone out. I can go to the supermarket right now and punch a guy in the mouth and look like a superhero.

‘When you fight the best guys in the world, it’s going to be tough … s***’s going to change and you’re not going to look as good. The guys he’s faced are nothing of the calibre of fighter I am.


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McGregor vs Alvarez: Will Conor McGregor gas at UFC 205?

McGregor vs Alvarez: Only 2 of his victories have been via decision, one of which came in his most recent fight with Nate Diaz.

In the aforementioned bout against Diaz, McGregor struggled endurance-wise. In fact midway through the second round, McGregor already seemed to be at ‘death’s door’ prior to getting a second wind of sorts and hanging on for a decision win.

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Non unlike after their first encounter in which McGregor gassed out in the second round and was submitted by Diaz, Conor’s cardio was a big talking point following the rematch.
In the second fight, Conor adopted a more conservative approach, trying to pace himself for the long haul instead of going for the early knockout.

But even then, McGregor still managed to fade cardio-wise in the second and third rounds.
So why is McGregor gassing out in fights? Here are some possible factors:
Bad weight cut
The cut to reach the Featherweight weight limit is a seemingly grueling experience for Conor and it surely did not have a positive effect on his conditioning. Still, McGregor had a minimal weight cut in his last two fights with Nate Diaz and still displayed poor cardio.

No Plan B
Of McGregor’s 18 finishes, 17 have come by way of knockout in the first or second round. This strategy works great when you’re able to finish a guy early but when you don’t, there has to be a plan B.

McGregor vs Alvarez
UFC 205
Date: Nov 12, 2016
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Location: New York City
Title: Lightweight
Champion: Alvarez

If you spend all of your energy trying to knock a guy out who won’t go away, you better have a plan B. So far in Conor’s career, he’s had no plan B, thanks to his insane knockout rate.

Step-up in competition
Of McGregor’s 18 finishes, 12 have come against less-than-elie opponents. Now that McGregor is in UFC, he has obviously seen much stiffer competition. The knockout won’t come as easy. Now granted, McGregor has faced good competition but with each fight he is taking on a rise in competition.

Simply bad cardio
If cardio is a poor attribute, it’s not something that’ll improve overnight. It’ll probably take years of proper conditioning.
If that’s the case, McGregor is just going to have to adjust his style and continue to better himself in that department.

Even with all of these factors in play, he still was able to win a decision against Nate Diaz. And while he gassed midway through the fight, he eventually picked up his second wind and was able to do what it took to win.

Unfortunately for Conor, he’s fighting another well-conditioned cardio guy in Eddie Alvarez next. If he’s going to win, his cardio must be top-notch; He absolutely cannot gas early in this fight.

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Five Possible Outcomes From Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez

Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez: 2016 has been a crazy year for fans of MMA. As always the UFC had the top shelf offering of all the major promotions, and they did so with a stream of high quality cards. At the zenith of the UFC’s pay-per-view draws this year were Conor McGregor and his rival Nate Diaz. UFC 196 and UFC 202 ranked in the top three biggest cards in the promotion’s history. McGregor vs. Diaz 2 smashed the bar set by UFC 100 with a cool 1.6 million buys. Was it any surprise the UFC put McGregor in against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 200?

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Following his string of successful cards, albeit one with a loss, the charismatic Irishman was injected in to the UFC’s New York debut without hesitance. One topic that’s been hotly debated ahead of UFC 205 is the potential effect on the direction of MMA moving forward. The apparent disrespect from the UFC towards Jose Aldo has led to the interim champion retiring, and the decision to put McGregor ahead of the killers row at 155 has alienated many top contenders.

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Looking like it could well be the biggest card of all-time, UFC 205 is pivotal for so many reasons. The fact McGregor will not be stripped of the 145-pound title to compete against Alvarez is another key factor in this debate. The Irish star will look to become the first ever champion to hold two UFC belts in different weight classes at the same time. After the big announcement of the UFC 205 card came the teaser of McGregor’s own ‘left field’ announcement.

UFC president Dana White said Conor had some ‘personal issues,’ and would make a big announcement out of ‘left field’ following UFC 205. This has led to massive speculation, one opinion being that McGregor’s girlfriend has fell pregnant. Another guess is that ‘The Notorious’ will retire, or maybe take a year off. With so much riding on this one historic bout in Madison Square Garden on November 12, check out Five Possible Outcomes From Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez…

McGregor Defeats Alvarez, Retires

This future involves Conor McGregor winning the lightweight title,then calling it quits as a two-weight UFC champion. Complications aplenty would arise from ‘The Notorious’ riding off in to the sunset with two belts on his back. Obviously the issue of who fights for two vacated belts would be complicated enough, but in this outcome there’s the ‘McGregor shadow’ to consider.

‘The Notorious,’ although retired, would forever shadow the current crop of contenders in both divisions. This isn’t to say that both weight classes wouldn’t move on in time, but look at the scenario with Daniel Cormier right now. ‘DC’ may have lost in his bid against Jon Jones, but by no fault of his own was fighting for the vacant strap against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187. ‘Bones’ was stripped of the belt and has been pulled once again from the running due to a failed drug test. All this, and Cormier still receives criticism as champion. Imagine the impact on 155 and 145 if this were to be the outcome at UFC 205.

Alvarez Defeats McGregor, 1 Year Off

Let’s say Eddie Alvarez defeats Conor McGregor at UFC 205, what then? Assuming Conor’s big announcement after November 12 is he needs a year off, what happens to the featherweight belt? Of course you’d think the promotion would free up the title by stripping McGregor, but with Jose Aldo calling it quits, would the UFC consider a long-term interim champion?

Surely not, that would go against everything a legitimate sport would stand for, correct? In theory its a simple equation, but money can often complicate things. Indeed McGregor could likely walk back in to title fights in multiple weight classes, even after 12 months out, so the likelihood is that he’d be stripped if unable to defend the featherweight belt. Don’t put money on it though.

McGregor Wins, 1 Year Off

UFC president Dana White hinted at ‘The Notorious’ being stripped of one of his titles after UFC 205, assuming he wins. If the Irish star is able to take out ‘The Silent Assassin’ in New York City, could he sit on another belt for an extended period of time. The last 11 months have seen McGregor fight two times, both at welterweight, while holding the 145-pound belt. Would it be acceptable to have the Irish sensation keep the 155-pound belt if he’s taking a break from fighting all together?

Stranger things have happened, and if he does in fact defeat Alvarez, McGregor’s sway would only be amplified by the fact he’d be a record-breaking two-weight current champion.

McGregor Wins, Not Stripped

OK, so this outcome is an extremely ‘imaginative’ one, but nothing is impossible nowadays. Let’s say the Irish striker takes out Alvarez, and claims he’ll defend belts in both divisions in turn. This is also assuming his ‘left field’ announcement has nothing to do with time away or retirement. Could this be a realistic task for McGregor to commit himself to?

Once again we’re brought to the subject of money. Whether or not ‘The Notorious’ could juggle two titles to the satisfaction of the contenders in both divisions, he’s such a huge PPV draw that the promotion would likely let it happen. Of course this is purely speculative, but ask yourself this-nearly a year ago, if someone had told you McGregor would fight twice at welterweight and once at lightweight without losing his featherweight title, would you have believed them?

Alvarez Wins, McGregor Back To 145

Let’s say Conor McGregor is unsuccessful in his lightweight title show against Eddie Alvarez. Assuming he remains fighting for the meantime, and the UFC allows him to retain the featherweight belt, what’s left for McGregor at 145 pounds?

Jose Aldo-interim champion-refusing to fight, demanding contract release and stating he’s retired.
Frankie Edgar, former lightweight champion, lost to Jose Aldo at UFC 200, fighting Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205, possible next title contender.
Max Holloway, nine fight win streak, lost to Conor McGregor in 2013, very possible title contender.
Ricardo Lamas, coming off loss to Holloway, 3-3 in last 6, lost to Aldo, Mendes and Holloway, unlikely title contender
Cub Swanson, two fight win streak, lost to Holloway and Edgar, possible title contender.
Anthony Pettis, former lightweight champ, new to the division, big name, likely title contender.
Jeremy Stephens, fighting Frankie Edgar at UFC 205, losses to Holloway, Edgar and Oliveira. Recently beat Renan Barao, possible title contender.
Charles Oliveira, 1-2 in his last 3, losses to Holloway and Pettis, unlikely title contender.
Dennis Bermudez, two straight wins, a few more and could be in title contention, quite far back in the queue.
Brian Ortega, undefeated, thee straight wins and one NC in the UFC, possible future contender.
Although Conor McGregor has been away, aside from the very top end, the featherweight division has seen some new blood emerge, This is perhaps the most intriguing, but also unlikely, possibility of them all.


Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez : Tale of the tape ahead of lighweight title bout at UFC 205

Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez: UFC 205 is already fast approaching – with Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez announced as the headline bout on November 12.

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There was much speculation about where ‘The Notorious’ would go next after his win over Nate Diaz – but it was confirmed last week that the Irish fighter was returning to the lightweight division to fight the American.

So, how do the two fighters compare with each other in terms of statistics?

We’ve collected a few together – and there’s a lot to suggest that this could be a close bout.For a start, the two men are exactly the same height – both standing a 5ft 9.

Whilst the pair also share the same leg reach at 40 inches, it’s McGregor who has the overall reach advantage with 74 inches against Alvarez’ 69 inches.

Both fighters are also experienced in the lightweight division – although ‘The Notorious” last fight at that weight was back in 2012, before his move in to UFC.

Fight record

Unsurprisingly, both of the two men boast brilliant records up to this point.Whilst Alvarez has only competed four times in the UFC , winning three and losing one, his overall record is an impressive 28 wins and four losses from his 32 fights.

That’s more bouts than McGregor, who has fought 23 times in his MMA career – winning 20 and losing just three.

However, it’s in how these two fighters won those matches where things start to differ.
McGregor has an incredible TKO/KO ratio of 85% – winning 5% of his fights by submission and 10% by decision.

Alvarez, on the other hand, has a lower TKO/KO ratio of 61%, but has won 18% by submission and 21% by decision.

This really has the potential to be a very exciting fight.

We know what McGregor is all about – and ‘The Notorious’ has already given out one of his now-famous predictions by saying he’ll knock his opponent out in the first round .

However, Alvarez has an aggressive style himself, with 14 of his 17 knockouts coming in the first round of fights.

The American is also a very accomplished wrestler and Brazilian jiu jistsu artist – and his more balanced stats in finishing fights suggest that there will be a plan B if he can’t land a knockout blow on McGregor.

But, as we all know, McGregor is a truly explosive talent – and his return to the lightweight division is bound to be an interesting one to say the least.


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