Many people were surprised by how one sided, Saturday’s scrap between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor was, but according to the latter’s coach, he wasn’t one of them.
McGregor was the betting line favorite leading into UFC 205, and certainly, many, many people were picking the Irish star to win. But, the consensus seemed to be that the heavy hands of Alvarez, as well as his wrestling game, might pose some challenges for McGregor. Ultimately, however, the speed and power of McGregor was too much for Alvarez, and he was taken out in the second round.
McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, appeared on the latest “MMA Hour”, and while doing so, he had this to say about the fight (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“He seems like a great guy,” Kavanagh said about Alvarez. “Solid fighter. But if we’re just looking at skill sets, I felt going in … that this was a massive mismatch. That’s nothing to say about him as a person. Just skills wise. I really felt like this would look worse than the [Marcus] Brimage fight. But that style of fight.”
Now, Alvarez fans will likely argue that ‘of course’, Kavanagh would say this. But, there’s no denying that it was a lopsided bout, even if most people didn’t think that was going to be the case.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Alvarez, and whether he can work his way back into a title shot. The former Bellator champ has been counted out before. After all, after he dropped his UFC debut to Donald Cerrone, Alvarez went on to win three straight and the 155 belt.