Reigning UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has won eight of his nine UFC bouts to date with seven of those wins coming by way of stoppage, but Eddie Alvarez, who McGregor will challenge for the lightweight title at Nov. 12’s UFC 205 from New York, isn’t impressed with the Irishman’s resume.
Speaking on a recent conference call to promote UFC 205, the 155-pound champion said that McGregor has faced ‘subpar’ competition:
“The guys he’s picked to fight, these are subpar guys. Even Nate (Diaz) is a .500 lightweight,” Alvarez said.
“Everybody in the lightweight division has beat Nate and he couldn’t He had trouble doing it. The guys he’s faced are nothing of the caliber of the fighter I am. He will see the night of the fight that, ‘shit, I have been going up against shitty opponents that have been good style matchups and this one is not and I’m fucked.”
Alvarez is referencing McGregor’s UFC 196 bout with Diaz in which the Stockton native submitted the “Notorious” one in the second round after accepting the bout on extremely short notice. McGregor went on to avenge that loss at August’s UFC 202, scoring a majority decision victory. Other than his victory over Diaz, McGregor’s notable UFC accomplishments include wins over Chad Mendes and former longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
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