The UFC makes its triumphant debut in New York in less than five weeks and anticipation is growing steadily for the main event between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez.
Since the announcement of the lightweight title clash, there has flowed a steady stream of incredible soundbites and revelations.
From McGregor’s scorching of fellow featherweight Jeremy Stephens, to José Aldo sensationally demanding his release from his UFC contract, to erroneous reports that the Notorious had been knocked out cold in training, it seems the Irishman is never far away from the headlines.
Now, as he trains for what will be his biggest and most important fight in the UFC to date, against perhaps his toughest opponent, McGregor’s training partner and multiple Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Dillon Danis has cranked up the hype train, revealing his belief that the featherweight champion will knock out Alvarez – something that’s not been done before.
Speaking to The Mac Life, Danis speaks of his relationship with the man from Crumlin:
“I’m here for him. We help each other. I wouldn’t say I’m just helping him because he also helps me a lot. My mind – everything. We’re a good tag-team, I think. He’s my brother from Ireland. I have my brothers back home in New York and now I have my brothers here too.”
Then, in relation to the potential history-making clash with the granite tough Alvarez, Danis insists,
“Conor is going to knock him out cold. As John Kavanagh would say, Conor could knock someone out in a phone booth so if Eddie tries to get close he’s going to get lit up. We’re ready for everything.”
Danis joined McGregor’s training team following his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in March and has stayed on beyond the successful UFC 202 rematch in August.
Having trained closely with the Irishman for six months now, Danis is certainly well placed to make such an assured claim and given his credentials as one of the world’s leading BJJ martial artists, his words come with a certain gravitas.
For fans, this is another tantilising soundbite that ratchets up the hype another notch, with anticipation for November 12 growing by the minute.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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