When the UFC heads to New York City next month for UFC 205, one of the biggest fighters in the promotion, Conor McGregor, will be taking on Eddie Alvarez in his first title defense of the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Alvarez won the lightweight title in his last fight when he defeated Rafael dos Anjos in the first round in July earlier this year. McGregor's last fight was a win against Nate Diaz via decision after five rounds at UFC 202.
This is something the American fighter has taken note of, as he believes the Irish champion disappears once the fight goes beyond the second round, according to Bloody Elbow of SB Nation.
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The 32-year-old said: “He's very technical, he's a clean good fighter for a round, round and a half, but when you get deeper into a fight we've all seen him in moments of adversity and it doesn't look good to me--it doesn't look like championship caliber.
“It doesn't look like someone who's willing to take a beating and get on that stool and come back out and give it back to the guy."
McGregor's last fight against Diaz was his first professional fight to go five rounds, and it was only his second fight to end via decision. However, even with this in mind, Alvarez has said he is: "Going to get this job done and I'm going to get it done violently and quickly."
The American could be the favorite to win if the fight enters the later rounds if that is the case. Lightweight isn't going to be unexplored territory for the 28-year-old Irishman to fight at though either, as he has fought and won titles at that weight class outside of the UFC before.
Alvarez and McGregor will main event UFC 205 on November 12.