Mystic Mac was out in full force at the UFC 205 press conference last month, claiming he’s worth $4.2 billion to the company and predicting that he’ll knock Eddie Alvarez out inside the first round.
A lot has been made of the night Conor McGregor has ahead of him on November 12, as he aims to create history by becoming the first man to hold two world titles simultaneously in the organisation, a feat that has never been accomplished before.
He could have already accomplished that if Rafael dos Anjos didn’t pull out of their scheduled fight, and instead went on to lose to Nate Diaz via submission, before defeating him in the rematch.
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Standing in front of him is Alvarez, who defeated dos Anjos in the first round some months ago, and is adamant that the Irishman won’t be making history in New York City.
This is despite McGregor claiming he’ll stand next to Octagon with the lightweight title on one shoulder, and the featherweight belt on the other before giving one of them up.
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Alvarez obviously plans to scupper McGregor’s plans to do something that’s never been done before, and he’s predicted his own outcome of the fight when speaking to Fox Sports, and it seems like he could look to Diaz’s tactics when approaching this bout.
FIRST TWO ROUNDS
He said: “I think we do it under the nine-minute mark. Big, big heavy shots, he goes down and then submission.
“I can see it ending much like the (Nate) Diaz fight where I land the heavy shot, and then I finish with a submission.”
Diaz proved to be McGregor’s toughest test to date.
Despite losing in the first outing, he took Notorious the distance in the rematch, and it comes as no surprise that the UFC listed their second encounter as the greatest event in history.
Alvarez is confident that he too can test McGregor in a similar manner, and has also questioned his heart ahead of their grudge match.
He added: “From what I’ve seen in the past and what he’s done in the past, (his heart) is very questionable and I’m not the only one who’s questioned it.
“I think he has quit in him and I think it takes a tad of adversity and get him to get into a little bit of a fight to pull it out of him.
“On November 12, I’m going to pull it out of him, and I’m going to show it to millions of people and the crowd. Everybody’s going to see it. We’re going to reveal the quit.”
We should expect plenty more trash talk from the pair as the event draws near, with Alvarez looking to spoil the party and end McGregor’s hopes of creating history.
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