McGregor vows to knock out Alvarez in first round

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

Conor McGregor has predicted that he will triumph over lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the first round of their title fight at UFC 205 in New York in November. 

McGregor, also known as ‘Mystic Mac’, will go into the fight on the back of a gruelling majority decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August and believes it won’t take long for him to be crowned the new lightweight champion. 

The Irishman also feels that Alvarez, who won the lightweight title in July, doesn’t have enough stamina to keep up with him. 

“He’s chinny. He gets cracked; he gets dropped, It’s happened throughout his career,” McGregor said. “He’s a weathered fighter. He’s on his way out. One round it will take me to knock him out.

“In four months I overcame a triathlete. I outlasted a triathlete with 30 pounds on me and whooped his ass. This guy’s a balloon. He ain’t no cardio machine. One clinch and he’s gasping for air as well.”

McGregor is the reigning UFC featherweight champion, and should he defeat Alvarez, he will become the first UFC fighter in history to hold two title belts at the same time. 

On Tuesday, UFC president Dana White said that the Irishman will have to vacate one of his titles if he beats Alvarez. 

McGregor, though, seems to have no intention of vacating either title if he wins at Madison Square Garden on November 12. 

“I’m gonna wrap one [belt] on one shoulder and I’m gonna wrap one on the other shoulder, and you’re gonna need a f***ing army to come take them belts off me,” he said. 

McGregor’s last two fights against Diaz have come at 170 pounds, but the 28-year-old admitted that he was glad to be dropping down to the 155-pound division. 

“I’m very happy with the 155-pound weight limit,” he said. “Of all the divisions I’ve ran around and ran through, 155 I feel will be the one where I take over the most. So I look forward to that.”

The Irishman also pointed out that he has not been impressed with Alvarez’s road to the lightweight championship.

The Philadelphia native earned split decision wins over Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis before knocking out Rafael dos Anjos in the first round at UFC Fight Night 90 to become champion. 

“I thought it was very sloppy. The shot selection was very very poor. He got blessed with a lucky shot,” McGregor said.

“His UFC career has been horrendous. He’s very, very lucky to be in the position he’s in. He understands that. That’s why he took this fight on the money he was on the last fight. That says it all.”