We are just two days out from UFC 205, a card that looks destined to thrill with its three title fights, four champions and the vast array of world-class stars that will show up in Madison Square Garden fuelled by their own special chance to make history.
The one man whose name is front and centre in everything related to UFC 205 is the featherweight champion of the world, Conor McGregor, who spoke with BT Sport recently in an exclusive interview where he broke down his opponent’s strengths and. more importantly, weaknesses ahead of their super-fight clash for the lightweight belt.
“He’s a tough guy. He’s been around the block, he’s fought many times. I’ve looked at some contests, I haven’t looked at much, but the ones I’ve looked at he gets hurt badly and soldiers on.
“So I can do nothing but respect that. But that will not be enough in there.
“I feel he’s too easily hit, and I’m the hitman.”
McGregor has repeatedly drawn from the fact that Alvarez’s body type and fighting style are nothing new to himself or his team, with him supposedly having prepared for that exact style of opponent on countless occasions in the past.
“I’ve trained specifically [for Eddie],” he continued.
“But you know, they’re very similar, Alvarez and everyone else. The very similar style, that stocky, shoot a double, push forward-style, no smoothness. It’s easy to find a five foot six, orthodox, sloppy boxer and it’s easy to find a wrestler.”
After the more specific training camp ahead of his fight with Nate Diaz in August, Conor seems to be taking some enjoyment out of the return to the more open style of preparation he is accustomed to, with SBG head coach John Kavanagh repeatedly stating that his focus, when training, is on the self and not on the man standing in front of you.
One other thing touched upon in the interview was the highly anticipated announcement McGregor is set to make in his post-fight interview should he successfully hold both belts.
When asked in the same interview about any clues to what that might be, his response was typically ambiguous.
“You know, I’m here. There’s one thing over here, one thing here and one thing there. And I’m not even sure where I’m going to go with this yet. But there are some big things coming, and we’re still navigating through that.”
Conor will step up in weight once more and take on lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 this weekend, scheduled for five rounds in Madison Square Garden, New York city.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena