Eddie Alvarez: Conor McGregor isn’t a championship fighter
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz both seem intent on fighting one another in a rematch, as was previously planned before McGregor was pulled from UFC 200. If they do, lightweight title-contender Eddie Alvarez sees things going similar to the way they did the first time around, when Diaz submitted McGregor in the second round at UFC 196.
"Oh yeah," Alvarez recently told MMAFighting when asked if he expected Diaz to win, again.
"Conor couldn’t even win for two rounds. If he has to deal with any amount of adversity, how’s he going to end up winning? He was beating the [expletive] out of Nate. If you can’t win for two rounds, how are you going to be in a fight with Nate Diaz?
"[McGregor] was winning. He was beating the [expletive] out of him. And he couldn’t keep up with his own winning. That was odd to me."
Alvarez says the reason for that is because, in his opinion, McGregor doesn’t have the stuff to go a full five championship rounds. "To be honest with you, Conor is a one or two-round fighter," he continued.
"He’s not a championship fighter, you know what I mean? He’s a one or two-round guy. He’ll be a lifer, I think, in three-rounders. If he ever decides to do five-rounders or go past to five, I think most of his fights are going to look like [the first Diaz fight]. He’s going to take a dump."
Furthermore, Diaz is a tough and awkward guy to fight, because of his length. "Nate just as this weirdly long reach, and it’s difficult to deal with," he explained.
"Unles you have guys in front of you who are 6′, 6’2” boxers throwing punches at you, it’s hard to prepare in that way. He’s an awkward opponent to deal with and you need the right guys in front of you to deal with that. Conor just couldn’t adjust."