Eddie Alvarez says there’s an easy way to beat Conor McGregor, but no one is taking advantage of it.
Months after his stunning win, Conor McGregor is on top of the world of the featherweight division, and now he’s in the running to take hold of Rafael dos Anjos and his lightweight belt.
But for Eddie Alvarez, dos Anjos needs to follow one simple rule: to bring the game closer to the ground.
In a recent episode of The MMA Hour on MMAFighting.com, Alvarez said that dos Anjos needs to diffuse Conor McGregor and his powerful punching ability by bringing down the match to the mat.
“For me, it’s a very simple fight for RDA [Rafael dos Anjos] to win, but he needs to implement a ground attack. If he don’t, I honestly feel like he can get knocked out, just like the other guys Conor was able to knock out. But he can’t allow it to be mostly of a striking,” said Alvarez.
“I hate when guys who are from a BJJ background and a good wrestling background abandon their whole base and their whole fundamental because a lot of guys around them are telling them that they’re really good strikers. I hope RDA doesn’t do that. I hope he sticks to what he’s good at and wins the fight in a dominant fashion the way he can, the way I feel like a lot of guys can that aren’t doing it against Conor.”
Alvarez, a former lightweight champion at Bellator MMA, grew frustrated that nobody seems to take this easy route to victory against Conor McGregor.
“There’s a simple way to win against this guy and nobody seems to be doing it. It’s really frustrating to watch,” he said.
“I feel like he’ll look foolish. I honestly feel it could be an embarrassment. It could be like everyone in the crowd going, ‘Wow, that was it? Why didn’t anybody else do that?’ It could be that surprising to people. That’s how I feel. We just haven’t seen him there.”
Watch the full episode featuring Eddie Alvarez below: