UFC 205 is a little over two weeks away and the hype surrounding the main event of Conor McGregor verses Eddie Alvarez has the MMA world giddy with anticipation.
Countless soundbites and picture-perfect moments have been generated since UFC president Dana White announced the potential history-making clash between the featherweight and lightweight champions.
The ‘Notorious’ Dubliner has been his usual raucous self in the days following the UFC 205 press conference, stealing the limelight from his scheduled opponent at nearly every turn.
Alvarez, for his part has come back with a number of confident assurances of just how he believes he will defeat the Irishman. Between questioning his training methods, perceived limited repertoire, to his heart when things get tough in the octagon, it appears Alvarez has made up his mind that McGregor is a man destined for a beating on November 12.
Now, in an interview with Fox Sports, the Philadelphia native has gone a step further and taken a leaf out of the ‘Mystic Mac’ playbook and predicted just how and when he will end McGregor’s dreams of becoming a two-weight champion.
“I think we do it under the nine-minute mark. Big, big heavy shots, he goes down and then submission.
“I can see it ending much like the (Nate) Diaz fight where I land the heavy shot and then I finish with a submission.
“From what I’ve seen in the past and what he’s done in the past, (his heart) is very questionable and I’m not the only one who’s questioned it. I think he has quit in him and I think it takes a tad of adversity and him to get into a little bit of a fight to pull it out of him.
“On November 12, I’m going to pull it out of him and I’m going to show it to millions of people and the crowd. Everybody’s going to see it. We’re going to reveal the quit.”
While McGregor will certainly have a thing or two to say about the lightweight champion’s prediction, it is clear that Alvarez believes he will simply have too much for the Irishman when they meet in Madison Square Garden in a mere 16 days time.
What do you think, does Alvarez have McGregor’s number or will the Irishman make good his own assertions that the lightweight champion will be going to sleep?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena