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.

Mcgregor vs Alvarez

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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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.

Mcgregor vs Alvarez

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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