MMA Rumors: Conor McGregor sees Eddie Alvarez as an ‘easier opponent’ than Rafael Dos Anjos

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A Few days before UFC 205, Conor McGregor, head trainer John Kavanagh believed that Eddie Alvarez will be much an easier opponent than Rafael Dos Anjos. He claimed that “The Notorious” will be holding two belts once the fight is over.

The upcoming UFC 205 bout between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez is indeed one of the biggest events in the MMA history. Two UFC champions are set to clash where Alvarez eyes to succeed in his first title defense while McGregor wants to become the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.

According to MMA Junkie, McGregor is -150 favorite in his fight with Alvarez, who gained the title after beating Rafael Dos Anjos in July. Recalling in March, “The Notorious” was expected to face Dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight Championship, but the latter withdrew from the fight the after breaking his foot. McGregor’s head trainer John Kavanagh said that fighting Alvarez will be an easier path for his fighter to become a UFC dual-weight champion.

“I think Alvarez is a little bit more straightforward,” Kavanagh told MMAjunkie in an interview. “Dos Anjos obviously has a world-class submission game on the ground. Alvarez is more basic on the ground. He’s just going to hold you there and throw some shots, whereas dos Anjos has very slick jiu-jitsu. In other respects, they’re both quite similar in that they’re both physically similar, and similar style. A couple punches, then try to get a takedown. But I think Eddie is slightly the easier fight because he’s orthodox and doesn’t have quite the submission game as dos Anjos.”

In his fight against Nate Diaz, McGregor’s weakness in ground fights was very noticeable. Unlike Dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez specializes in stand up fight and mostly rely on his incredible striking force. However, if Conor McGregor will not improve his ground-fighting skills, there is a higher possibility that Alvarez will take advantage of his weakness.

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