Alvarez Sends Message to “Scrawny” McGregor
Eddie Alvarez is not lacking confidence heading into his first lightweight title defense. The fight is unlike any other for the champion, as he will take on the sport’s biggest star in Conor McGregor. To a veteran like Alvarez, the reality of McGregor is very different from the inflated perception of him. The real Conor McGregor, according to Alvarez, is an easy victory.
McGregor (20-3) has offered his typically confident prediction for the fight, believing he will make short work of Alvarez and capture his second UFC world title. "First round KO," the featherweight champ predicted at Wednesday’s open workout.
Alvarez (28-4) sees right through McGregor’s pre-fight talk.
"I’m a fighter," he said on UFC Tonight. "I see what’s real and I see what’s not. I’m able to distinguish the talk from what’s real. What I see in the octagon, I see a scrawny, skinny Irishman who’s about to get a beatdown."
Physically, McGregor is the "skinnier" of the two fighters, but he will have a reach advantage over Alvarez that many feel will play a factor in UFC 205’s main event. McGregor has referred to himself as the bigger of the two fighters, saying that his power will be too much for Alvarez to handle, especially considering Alvarez’s history of taking damage in fights.
According to Alvarez, "The Notorious One" is speaking to himself when he offers such confident claims.
"Most of Conor’s talk, the majority of it, is self-talk. It’s him trying to convince himself that he can do these things. I’m a fighter. No one’s gonna do this stuff to me. No one has ever done it, no one ever will."
Alvarez has spoken often about McGregor not being on the level of his recent competition, and he’s now days away from having the chance to prove his words. He will face McGregor in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12.