Cerrone backs Alvarez to beat McGregor

Donald Cerrone believes lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will make quick work of Conor McGregor when they meet at UFC 205 in New York in November. 

McGregor, who is the reigning featherweight champion, has a chance to make history at Madison Square Garden as he will become the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time if he beats Alvarez. 

Cerrone, though, doesn’t see that happening as he feels Alvarez will be too much for McGregor to handle. 

“No, that’s not a good fight,” Cerrone said on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “Because Conor sucks. Yes (Eddie is going to beat him). Eddie is smart. He won’t get caught up in all of the dramatics of it. He’ll just go in there and take him down and wrestle him and submit him; easy work.”

McGregor is known for getting in his opponent’s head and under their skin with his ability to trash-talk, and Cerrone acknowledged that Alvarez will do well not to fall into that trap. 

The 33-year-old added that the lightweight champion has to look to finish off McGregor quickly in order to ensure he keeps hold of his title. 

“Conor is good at getting you emotionally involved. So, I think you just go out there, take him down, and end him quick. Check please,” Cerrone said.