On November 12, in the main event of the universally anticipated UFC 205, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title.
From the early vantage point, each fighter’s path to victory is quite clear. If Alvarez wants to win, he’ll likely need to push the pace and drag McGregor into the later rounds where is questionable cardio might be exposed. If McGregor wants to win, meanwhile, he’ll need to let his hands fly, and attempt to plant one of his fight-altering hooks on Alvarez’s chin – at least, that’s what Brendan Schaub thinks.
The problem with McGregor’s route to victory, however, is that Alvarez possesses one of the sturdiest chins in MMA. Though he’s been rocked on multiple occasions throughout his career, he’s never been legitimately knocked out in a fight. The closest he’s come was in a 2007 bout with the much larger Nick Thompson, when he succumbed to a second-round TKO, but did not lose consciousness.
You can watch that fight, which occured in St. Petersburg, Russia under the Bodog Fight banner, in the video above.
It is worth noting, however, that while Alvarez’s jaw seems to be made out of granite, McGregor’s fists are made out of iron. The Irishman has cracked several seemingly unbreakable chins in the past – most notably that of Jose Aldo, who not even the wickedly powerful Chad Mendes was able to put away.
So, while it’s possible that McGregor fails to put Alvarez away and gets dragged into a gruelling dog fight, it’s also possible that he does what he does best and touches the lightweight champ’s power switch. Only time will tell!
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