The talking is all but done. In four days time, at UFC 205, Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez will let their fists do the talking.
Headlining the UFC’s debut in New York, McGregor will attempt to beat the lightweight title belt out of the clutches of current champion, Alvarez and, if successful, will make history by becoming the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight champion.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the featherweight champion offered one final assessment of his opponent and as expected, didn’t rate his chances.
“My fist is bigger than his head, and when I hit it it’s going to explode.
“I wish him all the best. I have no ill will towards him. They talk. Him and his team and his coach they talk all these crazy things pre-fight, now the fight’s signed and they’re all apologies. It’s almost like an acceptance of, ‘Hey, we wanted the fight, now we got the fight and we’ll take our ass whooping and thanks for the cheese, catch yas later.
“That’s my sense with him. He’s going to come in and fight with his heart and he’s going to be knocked out cold. He’ll get back up, he’ll give me my title and respect will be given. I’ll have two world titles, he’ll make a little money and we’ll move on.”
McGregor may well seem more than a tad flippant, but then that is nothing less than we should expect from the Irishman, right? Despite facing an opponent who has competed against, and beaten, some of the best the sport has to offer, the ‘Notorious’ one remains unwavering in his confidence.
“I’m extremely confident. He’s too slow, he’s too predictable. I have the reach, I have the height, I have the youth and I have this freight train rolling in every time. These people don’t represent challenges. This is just another body type. A new body. That’s the way I see it. I run this game.”
In four days time, at Madison Square Garden, we will see if Mystic Mac is right.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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