With Conor McGregor counting down to his lightweight title fight with Rafael dos Anjos on March 5th, one lightweight contender has just claimed that it could be an embarrassing bout for the Irishman.
Eddie Alvarez is currently the number one ranked contender in the lightweight division and speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Alvarez stated that there is a glaringly obvious way to beat McGregor and he simply can’t understand why no one has done it yet.
For me it’s a very simple fight for RDA to win. But he needs to implement a ground attack. If he doesn’t, I honestly feel like he can get knocked out just like the other guys that Conor was able to knock out.
He can’t allow it to be mostly striking. I hate when guys who are from a Brazilian jiu jitsu background and a good wrestling background abandon their whole base and their whole fundamental because a lot of guys around them are telling them that they are really good strikers.
I hope that RDA doesn’t do that. I hope that he sticks to what he’s good at and wins the fight in a dominant fashion the way that he can; the way that I feel like a lot of guys can who aren’t doing it against Conor.
There’s a simple way to win against this guy and no one seems to be doing it. It’s frustrating to watch.
Alvarez went on to state that, if Dos Anjos follows his advice, March 5th could be a real wake up call for McGregor and his fans.
I honestly feel like he’ll look foolish. It could be an embarrassment. It could be like everyone in the crowd going, ‘Wow, that was it? Why didn’t anyone else do that?’ It could be that surprising to people. That’s how I feel. We just haven’t seen him there.
Helwani was quick to point out that the majority of McGregor’s two round battle with Chad Mendes was taken to the ground and that the Irishman had managed to come through that with a win. However, Alvarez was quick to dismiss this bout due to the lack of preparation Mendes had for the fight after Jose Aldo’s late pull out.
Mendes is primarily a wrestler, correct? In order to implement a wrestling attack, it takes a tonne of energy and a tonne of conditioning and training. You can’t roll off the couch and implement a wrestling attack against a guy. It’s just not going to happen.
You need to be conditioned you need to be in shape. So, if you’re a wrestler and you’re rolling off the couch for a fight, you have no weapons. Your only weapon – wrestling – is no good, because you’re not conditioned. If you’re a wrestler, you need to be conditoned in order to implement your strengths. You can’t do that on a ten day notice.
Although for many, Alvarez’s comments are just another rant to add to a long list of detractors and so far, McGregor has proven every single one wrong. However, it seems the number one lightweight contender is adamant that he is correct and that UFC 196 could be the end for the ‘Notorious’ Irishman.
The guy hasn’t been in the fight we need to see him in. No one has implemented that attack and when someone does, it’s over. The whole show’s over, the whole goddamn spectacle is over. I don’t know why no one’s doing it, it’s very frustrating.