For the first time in a while, we’re hearing Conor McGregor’s opponent do more trash talking than the outspoken Irishman himself.
Usually, we see Notorious win the mental game in the build-up to a fight, and by then the fight already seems to be won as all he needs to do is win the physical battle as well.
More often than not, the script reads the same; the latest blip coming in the form of Nate Diaz.
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However, this time McGregor seems to have taken a back seat in the build-up to UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden in less than two weeks.
You’d expect him to be more outspoken and brash than ever, considering he’s on the verge of making history.
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It could be that he’s staying away from the limelight for a little while, or he may be implementing a new tactic for mind games, we’ll have to wait and see.
It’s Eddie Alvarez who’s been doing most of the talking ahead of their clash, although it wouldn’t be a surprise to see McGregor emerge shortly before the event and talk like only he can.
CRITICAL OF MCGREGOR
We’ve already heard the champion criticise McGregor’s “Tour de France” training, questioning his heart and desire, as well as predicting that he’ll submit the featherweight champion inside two rounds – similar to what Nate did earlier this year.
Now, he’s saying that McGregor only boasts a left hand. Although, it is a left hand that has proven to be dangerous.
Speaking on the MMA Roasted podcast, he said: “To me, he’s just a left hand.
“He’s just a guy with a left hand. That’s how I see him. He does something that we call a ‘rock back’ well. Mayweather does it. A lot of Philly fighters do it.
“[McGregor] lives and breathes off it. A lot of MMA guys don’t know about these boxing things that they do. This is a move that’s very easily taken away, and we’re going to dominate every step of the way.
“Without giving away a game plan or anything, everything’s taken away with proper preparation. I’m confident in my coaches; I’m confident in our game plan and our ability to go out there and do it. We’re just following this game plan step-by-step.”
Of course, this is to get inside of McGregor’s head, suggesting he knows what the Irishman’s go-to move will be, in the hope of making him change his mind and fight according to the Alvarez game plan.
However, if Alvarez truly is focusing solely on the left hand, he only needs to look at the fights with Chad Mendes and the rematch with Nate to see that Notorious has a lot more to offer than a left hand to get what he wants.
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