We’re now under three weeks away from the highly-anticipated UFC 205 clash between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez.
It’s going to be a record-breaking and historic night, and the pay-per-view records are expected to be broken with a stacked card, and three titles on the line.
McGregor is aiming to become the first man to hold two world championships at the same time, in two different weight divisions, while the events marks the first time the organisation comes to New York, and what better place to do it than Madison Square Garden?
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There has been plenty of trash talk between the Philadelphia native and the Irishman, and that’ll inevitably turn up a notch as the event comes closer, and it seems like the lightweight champion is already kicking off the mind games.
Fight fans will know that one significant criticism of McGregor is that he gases early on, which puts his chances into question.
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Alvarez is seen as the more durable fighter out of the two, and perhaps one of the most durable on the entire roster.
He's also seen as somebody who can go for five rounds, whereas McGregor is the more intense fighter, and looks to finish fights early on.
This is something Notorious has discussed himself, in the build-up to his rematch with Nate Diaz – which he managed to win and went the distance as well – that he needs to improve on his cardio.
TOUR DE FRANCE TRAINING
To do that, he’s started to use bikes, treadmills and rowing machines to not only propel his career further but make him stand a genuine chance of going five rounds against Alvarez, if needed.
McGregor has taken to his official Instagram account to show off the new training methods he’s undergoing in preparation for the UFC 205 main event.
As you can see in the two Instagram posts below, McGregor is showing off his work in what he calls ‘The Lab’.
He captioned it: “You are about to be introduced to a method of training that will lead you to require multiple opponents in constant rotation, just to keep up with you. You have no idea about this life. Something big is coming.”
You’d think this probably has Alvarez worried, and he’d put his head down and train even harder to ensure McGregor doesn’t snatch his title away from him.
Alvarez took to Twitter to question McGregor’s training methods, comparing his bicycle efforts to the Tour de France.
He tweeted: “improving cardio Wtf !! haha Are we doing the Tour de France or We fist fighting ? #itsallover #guysridingbikes No “History just “My” story.”
Alvarez knows it’ll take more than cardio training to live with him inside of the Octagon, but it would be foolish to rule the Irishman out completely, as he’s at his most dangerous in the opening rounds.
Just ask Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo.
What do you make of Eddie Alvarez’s comments on Conor McGregor’s training methods? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.