After the Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez staredown for UFC 205, one might think the lightweight champion would have felt a bit of anxiety, rage (?) or the typical nerves any person might feel when facing someone who wants to completely bash his face in.
But according to Alvarez, he felt nothing. NOTHING.
“Usually when to square off with a man, my heart rate goes up, I feel something,” the UFC champ shared with MMA Hour. “I never felt so unthreatened by a human being as when I was up on a stage with him. That’s the God’s honest truth. I’ve never felt so unthreatened.”
Alvarez’s confidence stems from his belief that the Notorious did not possess the same talent and skills as some of his opponents in the past. He also shares how the fight with McGregor could be his easiest payday after a while, and how the Irishman’s last fight showed weaknesses that he can take advantage of at UFC 205.
“The conditioning aspect is just not a good level of conditioning,” Alvarez said, referring to McGregor’s questionable endurance in the Octagon. “The last Nate Diaz fight was a very big eye-opener for me.”
Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez evenly matched?
But despite Alvarez’s strong claims, the fight actually looks like it will be a very close one (based on numbers).
First off, Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez are exactly the same height, with both fighters at 5’9”. They also have the same number of letters in their name (just kidding, Notorious has 13, Eddie has 12), although they have the same leg reach at 40”, while McGregor has the advantage in overall reach with 74” versus Alvarez’s 69” reach.
They also have (almost) similar win-loss records with Alvarez logging in four losses on his 32 fight record, while McGregor has three losses in his 23 fight MMA record. Zooming into their wins, though, McGregor seems to have the upper hand with a TKO/ KO ratio of 85% versus Alvarez’s 61%.
It still looks to be a close fight, even though the lightweight champ thinks otherwise. Nevertheless, Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez will surely be one for the record books.
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