The final UFC 205 press conference certainly didn’t disappoint on Thursday, with Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez almost getting into a tussle, only for president Dana White to step in.
It felt like something we had seen before, just a few months ago. But instead of Nate Diaz as the opponent and bottles flying across the room, we had the Irishman almost tossing a chair at the defending lightweight champion on stage.
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It seems like McGregor remembered the punishment he received just in the nick of time, opting not to go through with it before going face to face with pretty much no problems, but plenty of verbal haymakers.
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The chair incident is probably one of the most important things fans will remember once the Madison Square Garden event is in the books – other than who walks out with the championship – but Alvarez has explained what really went down on stage.
Speaking to the UFC following the press conference, the Philadelphia native revealed that he didn’t even throw a chair; it fell and then the response from McGregor proved to be a bit of an overreaction.
He said: “I decided not to sit because I didn’t know what was gonna go on.
“So I took my belt back, I put it down, and I lost my chair in case anything jumped off. I put my chair down, it slammed, and he got flustered, he thought I threw the chair at him.
“I would never throw a chair at an opponent, it fell down, and he went off.
“It was a bit of an overreaction, so it’s fun to put him on tilt a little bit. It’s giving me more than bits of information about what I can do inside the cage to him, how I can control him inside the cage.
“If I can do it this easily outside, then inside should be a bit more easy.”
At a glance, it does seem as if Alvarez was trying to get Notorious to take the bait, which he did, although he didn’t directly throw it at his rival either.
So either Alvarez will need to learn how to put a chair down properly, or McGregor will need to learn how to arrive on time, despite it being great for entertainment.
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