Alvarez Believes McGregor Would Take Out Gaethje
Who better to judge a potential fight between Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje than someone who has faced them both before?
Former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez spoke to theScore about both men. He has a history with them: After beating Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight Title, Alvarez lost to McGregor at UFC 205 in New York City. As a result, McGregor became a double-champion. The game plan that the now-ONE star had was thrown out the window right when they stepped inside the octagon.
Following a no-contest against Dustin Poirier, he faced Gaethje in a Fight of the Night winner. In his second fight in the UFC, Gaethje lost to Alvarez via knockout in the third round. Alvarez (30-7, 1NC) gave his thoughts on how a fight between the two would go if they were to clash.
“I think a knockout (for McGregor),” Alvarez stated regarding a potential outcome. “I was able to catch him (Gaethje) quite a bit with punches. Dustin was able to box him a little bit.”
There were rumors of McGregor (22-4) and Gaethje (22-2) facing off against one another before Gaethje replaced Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249. Facing Tony Ferguson, Gaethje ended up beating him via TKO to win the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. Since then, McGregor has called out Gaethje for putting him down as a father and a husband. Making his intentions known, McGregor is coming after the lightweights. Both Gaethje and McGregor have been rumored for “Fight Island” bouts.
When it comes to critiquing both fighters for a fight, Alvarez looks at all aspects of the situation
“The thing with Justin is, if I thought he would implement a ground game, and he was going to go in there and take Conor down, put him against the cage and do that, kind of do what Khabib did (against McGregor) or do what I intended to do… if he was going to implement that game, I would say that Justin would do really well against him,” Alvarez went on to say.
“Just standing for standing, like a stand-up fight, which is what I feel like it’ll end up being, there’s just too many mistakes that Justin would make and Conor would be able to kind of capitalize.
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