With less than two weeks remaining until UFC 205, it was only a matter of time before Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez turned the trash talk up a notch.
In recent weeks, it’s Alvarez who has remained the more vocal fighter out of the two; that was until this week anyway.
He’s already hit out at McGregor’s training methods; claiming that he only boasts a left and most recently; he stated that McGregor is the easiest fight in the lightweight division.
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As expected, the Irishman wasn’t going to take that insult lightly, hitting out at Alvarez in a joint conference call ahead of their historic clash at Madison Square Garden on November 12.
When asked what Notorious saw inside of the eyes of the champion in their first stare-off, he remained adamant that he’ll break the champion down, and force him to retire from the sport altogether.
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He said: “He’s thinking it’s a game. It’s like you look into these people’s eyes and they don’t see it as a reality just yet. They’re trying to look away and make it something else. ‘This isn’t happening.’ And then we’re in the Octagon, and then we’re about to fight, and I see what I see in their eyes.
“I see them break, bit by bit. And then we’re in the Octagon, and I break them myself. So that’s it. I’m looking forward to going in. He’s claiming it’s an easier contest. I look forward to seeing the eyes, when the eyes roll and the electric shock darts through his whole body and goes to his knees.
“And then he comes up in survival mode, and that panic sets through his whole body, his whole face. That’s something I’m looking forward to, and I will go out there, and I will punish him for that, for those words that he’s saying. I’m going to retire him on this night.”
DISFIGURING THE CHAMPION
It seems like Alvarez was successful in getting under Notorious’ skin with his comments, and he didn’t stop there when laying into the champion.
He added: “I’m going to hurt you so badly. I’m going to rip you up badly; I swear to God. Trust me, you’re going to regret that.
“I feel [people are] going to see something they haven’t seen before.
“I’m going to toy with this man. I’m going to really, truly rearrange his facial structure. His wife and kids will never recognise him again. His friends and the people that he knows will know that he’s not the same man after this contest.
“So he’s going to be in a shock when he sees that. That’s it.”
It’ll be a huge ask for McGregor to fulfil his promise against someone with a solid chin who won’t get put away easily.
Alvarez is usually one of the best at coming forward and taking shots, as he’s only been stopped via strikes once in his career and that was almost a decade ago, with his other two losses coming via submission.
However, fans should sit back and enjoy this verbal barrage from both men in the build-up, before the epic finale in New York City.
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