At UFC 205, Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez will step into the Octagon for a highly anticipated lightweight showdown headlining the main event of what is expected to be a historic fight card.
While McGregor made headlines last month when he boldly predicted that he would finish Alvarez in the first round of their title fight, the UFC lightweight champion believes he will be the one getting the finish, only his prediction is that it will come in the second round.
He spoke to Fox Sports:
“I think we do it under the nine-minute mark,” Alvarez told FOX Sports on Monday. “Big, big heavy shots, he goes down and then submission.
“I can see it ending much like the (Nate) Diaz fight where I land the heavy shot and then I finish with a submission.”
“From what I’ve seen in the past and what he’s done in the past, (his heart) is very questionable and I’m not the only one who’s questioned it,” Alvarez said. “I think he has quit in him and I think it takes a tad of adversity and him to get into a little bit of a fight to pull it out of him.
“On November 12, I’m going to pull it out of him and I’m going to show it to millions of people and the crowd. Everybody’s going to see it. We’re going to reveal the quit.”
Alvarez’ prediction stems from Nate Diaz’ finish of McGregor in the second round of their UFC 196 fight back in March. The fight took place at welterweight, and saw McGregor gas in the second round, ultimately leading to Diaz rocking and then submitting the Irish superstar.
In the pair’s rematch though, despite McGregor appearing to gas out in the second round once again, he managed to catch a second wind and ultimately win the fight via majority decision.
Leading up to the fight, Alvarez has repeatedly stated that he believes McGregor isn’t a championship level fighter, and that he gasses in the 2nd round. With that being said, we have yet to see McGregor fight at 155, where he will face Alvarez.
How do you think the featherweight champ will look on November 12th?