In Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor fought a man with arguably, the toughest chin in the world of MMA. However, on November 12th, it looks as if the Irishman won’t have it much easier.
Eddie Alvarez will enter the Octagon in Madison Square Garden with a rather intimidating professional record of 28-4-0. And of the 4 bouts that Alvarez has lost, he has only been finished by strikes once.
To put that into context, Nate Diaz headed into UFC 202 with a much poorer record of 20-10-0 but, similar to Alvarez, the Stockton born brawler had also been finished by strikes on a grand total of one occasion.
Speaking about the match up with Eddie Alvarez this week, Conor McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy, stated that there is no way the Philly fighter will be able to take the same sort of shots as Diaz.
“This guy [McGregor] went up to Welterweight and fought a guy with a granite chin and dropped him on multiple occasions. He’ll never meet someone again with that kind of durability…
Diaz is on a different level to Alvarez in terms of taking punishment. If Conor lands the shots he did on Diaz against Alvarez, I really think he’ll put Alvarez to sleep, to be honest.”
Despite Roddy’s insistence however, based on the numbers alone, in Eddie Alvarez, McGregor will be facing an opponent who has a chin that is just as solid as the relentless opponent he faced at UFC 196 and UFC 202.
As already mentioned, finished by strikes on just one occasion, you can check out the bout in question below;