Alvarez Foresees Submission Victory

A few days from UFC 205, one thing is clear: Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is unphased by the Conor McGregor trash talk that has enraged so many of the Irishman’s past opponents.

At Wednesday’s open workouts, Alvarez was in high spirits as he predicted the outcome of Saturday’s main event.

While McGregor has predicted a first-round knockout victory against Alvarez, the lightweight champ seems equally confident that the fight will have a different ending.

"I think I’m going to land that big shot," he said after his workout. "I think this guy’s worried about a lot of grappling and a lot of wrestling. I think where it’s going to end up, when his mind’s on that I’m going to land that big shot and then I’m going to submit him."

McGregor’s first loss, earlier this year at UFC 196, came in such a manner: Nate Diaz rocked a tired McGregor with a 1-2 before submitting him on the mat.

Alvarez took note of the contingent of McGregor fans at the open workouts, but rather than grow irritated he thanked them for supporting the event.

"Hey, I’m blessed," he said. "Whether you’ve got a red, white and orange flag, it don’t matter what you go. You’re here and I appreciate you guys."

As for the fight, it can’t come soon enough for Alvarez. A champion in multiple divisions and one of MMA’s true blue-collar veterans, Alvarez finally finds himself on the biggest stage with the world watching. He plans to seize the opportunity to demonstrate that he is on another level compared to his superstar opponent.

"Magic, pure magic," he said when asked what he expects. "Look, I fought 13 years to put my life to put myself on this stage, in front of the biggest crowd, and I am super-excited to go out there and do something violent, and do something high-paced."

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