Eddie Alvarez is a fighter who excels in multiple departments; he has the great standup ability to knock out the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, and the superior wrestling skills to dominate fighters such as Anthony Pettis.
Conor McGregor will obviously have to be at his best in what could be a historic night for him against a well-rounded champion in Alvarez.
The Philadelphia native has already claimed that he plans on submitting the Irishman in the second round, which is similar to how Nate Diaz picked up a win in their first encounter earlier this year.
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On the other hand, McGregor will look to avoid much of the fight taking place on the ground; he’ll look to keep the fight standing where he’ll have a lot more success.
Plus, a lot has been made of the fact that McGregor’s biggest weakness is his wrestling, and UFC president Dana White believes Alvarez will look to take advantage of that by not standing in the middle of the Octagon and throwing strikes.
NO TRADING STRIKES
Speaking to Jim Rome on SiriusXM, White said: “I think he’s gonna try to get Conor up against the fence and take him down, or just push him against the fence and try to work on the fence.
“I don’t think he’s gonna come out in the middle of the Octagon and trade with Conor and start throwing punches.”
The interesting thing to note about this fight is that McGregor has already taken on – and defeated – a talented wrestler in Chad Mendes where ‘Money’ managed to take him down numerous times.
White shares the same feeling as most fans, that this will be the big test to see if he has improved on his wrestling, and whether he can end the criticism surrounding his weaknesses in that department.
White continued: “Everybody believes that the huge hole in Conor’s game is the wrestling.
"This is the fight where we’ll really know. Eddie Alvarez is a much bigger, stronger fighter (than Mendes); he’s a great fighter. We’ll see.”
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