The UFC lightweight title contender told Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour of his view that Conor McGregor will lose his anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200.
The harsh critique comes as Alvarez is now due to face Rafael Dos Anjos on July 7, just two days before the marquee UFC 200 event featuring Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
With both men possible opponents for Alvarez (especially if he wins the lightweight championship in July), he was keen to address their first meeting at UFC 196, and that Diaz hadn’t even followed the ‘blueprint’ in how to defeat the Irishman.
“The secret that I was talking about was taking him [McGregor] down, dumping him on his head and submitting him”, Alvarez told Helwani.
“Nate has a weirdly long reach, and unless you have guys in front of you who are 6 foot-6″ 2′ boxers, that’s hard to prepare for.”
While Diaz indeed presents a relatively unique challenge in a rangy boxer who’s nigh on impossible to knockout, Alvarez holds a far deeper fear for McGregor’s career in the long-run, namely that his explosive fighting style will render him unable to last the distance in championship bouts (which are scheduled for five rounds).
“Conor’s a one or two round fighter – he’s not a championship fighter”, Alvarez declared.
“He’s a one or two round guy. He’ll be a lifer, I think in three rounders. If he ever decides to do five rounders or go past the five, I think most of his fights are going to look just like [the Diaz fight], he’s going to take a dump.”
“Yes [I expect Nate to beat him], Conor couldn’t even win for two rounds! If he has to deal with any amount of adversity, how’s he going to end up winning?
He was beating the shit out of Nate. If you can’t win for two rounds, how are you going to be in a fight with Nate Diaz? He was winning, and he couldn’t keep up with his own winning. That was odd to me.”
The relevant segment can be seen below from 45:13 via MMAFightingonSBN.