Featherweight champion Conor McGregor appeared quite confident at the UFC 205 press conference earlier this week regarding his upcoming lightweight title fight with 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez, saying that he’s going to knock out “The Silent Assassin” inside of one round.
Alvarez, who’s coming of of a brutal first round stoppage victory over Rafael dos Anjos, is also confident in his chances against the Irishman, recently telling Talking Brawls podcast that he’s going to do ‘whatever the f*ck’ he wants ‘all f*cking night’:
“I’ll do whatever the f*ck I want in any aspect against him. The opponents he’s fought allow him to look great. That’s the issue,” he said. That’s what these WWF fans who follow him don’t see. They see a guy who’s fighting or playing to his strengths so he can do what he wants and be good at it. I’ll do whatever the fuck I want. If I want to stand, I’ll stand. He don’t move his head, he gets hit a ton. Chad Mendes has a tiny little reach and was popping him all over the place with overhand rights and left hooks before he took him down. His defense is atrocious. His offense is good. He’s offensively a good fighter when it comes to boxing and things but his defense is fucking terrible. A guy like me, I can go wherever. I can kick, I can punch, I can takedown, I can submit, and I can do it all f*cking night.”
Mendes, although ultimately falling to McGregor’s patented left hand in the second round of their July 2015 interim title bout, saw great success against the “Notorious” one in the opening round, using his wrestling and ground-and-pound to bloody McGregor’s face. Since that fight, McGregor has knocked out Jose Aldo and split wins and losses with Nate Diaz.
Stylistically, what do you make of UFC 205’s main event? Do you expect Alvarez to outclass McGregor, or will the “Notorious” one score another prolific knockout and add more gold to his trophy case?