If you thought Eddie Alvarez might shy away from engaging in a war of words with Conor McGregor, well, clearly you don’t know the UFC’s lightweight champ very well.
Alvarez will be looking to defend the 155 title against the featherweight champ, when they throw down in the headliner of UFC 205 on Saturday. Even before the two were booked to fight, Alvarez made it widely known that he wasn’t too impressed with McGregor’s skillset. Since McGregor is famous (infamous) for tossing verbal shots as well, the lead up to UFC 205 has featured some interesting ‘commentary’.
On the latest “UFC Tonight“, Alvarez was asked yet again for his thoughts on the Irish star, and the champion said this (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I’m a fighter. I see what’s real and what’s not. What I see in the Octagon is a scrawny, skinny Irishman who’s about to get a beat down. We’re going to change a lot of minds on Saturday night. The plan is set, the preparation is done and the execution is upon us.”
“It’s self-talk. His talk is him trying to convince himself. No one has done it to me, ever. You’re going to hear the words ‘And Still’ on Saturday night.”
Yup. Both men have certainly done their part in promoting the fight, and it’s going to be really interesting to see what unfolds in the cage on Saturday. On paper, Alvarez has the tools to defeat McGregor, but many have said that in the past about other opponents the latter has faced.
UFC 205 will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City.