As we edge yet another day closer to the monumental UFC 205 event this Saturday, the tension that has been slowly growing between the defending lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and the featherweight kingpin, Conor McGregor has become increasingly heated.
Speaking at Wednesday’s open workouts, Alvarez spoke briefly on his detailed prediction for the fight.
With just 3 days left until he attempts to defy McGregor’s attempt at history, Alvarez has finally decided to hint at how exactly he feels the 5-round contest will go down.
“”I think I’m going land that big shot. I think this guy’s worried about a lot of grappling and a lot of wrestling.”
Widespread criticism was levelled at McGregor by his detractors after his UFC 196 submission loss to Ultimate Fighter winner Nate Diaz and Alvarez seems to feel he can make the most of what he perceives to be a crack in the Irishman’s armour.
“I think where it’s going to end up, when his mind’s on that, I’m going to land that big shot and then I’m going to submit him.”
When McGregor and Alvarez finally step into the octagon this weekend, it will no doubt be a bout that will be engrained in the annals of MMA history on its significance alone.
Not only doe it stand to be the first UFC main event to ever take place in Madison Square Garden, aswell as New York City as a whole, it also will mark Conor McGregor’s attempt to become the first ever UFC champion to hold two belts in two different weight classes simultaneously.
Despite the heavy glare of the public attention that surrounds this bout, seasoned veteran Eddie Alvarez feels that this match-up is one years in the making for him.
“It’s magic, pure magic. Look, I fought 13 years to put my life to put myself on this stage, in front of the biggest crowd, and I am super excited to go out there and do something violent, and do something high-paced.”
Whether things will go as planned for Eddie remains to be seen. But still, not long remains until all questions will be answered.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena