I’m out here in New York for what will likely be the biggest event the UFC has ever produced—#UFC205. The excitement level is palpable, and as Saturday night draws closer, I’ve become a little anxious to get this massive card underway. It’s the perfect way to move past the contentious feelings that people have following the presidential election.
We’ve got a really great list of match-ups on the card, and any one of them would be main card worthy, and a good percentage of them could even be main event worthy, but time is unfortunately a commodity I’m short on this week, so I’ll just be addressing the title fights. For the purpose of this post, only one of them—the main event: #ConorMcGregor vs. #EddieAlvarez.
From what I can tell, the overwhelmingly popular choice here is Conor McGregor, and I can understand that. He’s quick, cuts great angles, has legitimate knockout power and great counter-punching. He’s shown that he’s more than just a running mouth.
Listen, I wish Conor the best, and I hope he proves me wrong here. I hope he gets the job done. I know it’s not going to be popular for me to say this, and I’m probably going to get some backlash for it, but I think Eddie gets the job done, I really do.
Don’t get me wrong, Conor is more than capable of knocking him out—he’s absolutely capable of winning this fight, but I just think Eddie will prove to be too much for him come Saturday night.
The fact of the matter is that Eddie is very well-rounded and has plenty of weapons in his arsenal to get the job done.
- Power: Eddie has plenty of KO power and 15 of his wins show that he’s got what it takes to finish fights.
- Wrestling: He’s a strong grinder, with fantastic takedowns and smothering pressure. He can make those 25 minutes seem like an eternity.
- Experience: Alvarez has been fighting for 13 years over 32 fights. He’s been through the trenches. He’s used to doing battle for the entirety of a fight.
- Cardio: I’ve seen Eddie look just as fresh in the last round of a fight as the first. With his smothering style, he can wear Conor down pretty easily, especially if he presses him against the fence the way he did with Anthony Pettis.
- Footwork: Conor is widely praised for his footwork, leaving Eddie’s own impressive movement flying largely under the radar. He sticks and moves well, which complements his hand speed and power significantly.
- Pressure: Whether on the ground or against the fence, Eddie is absolutely relentless. He is landing singles, doubles, leg trips…you name it. He wins this fight in close quarters, and I don’t think it will be much of a task to get it there.
That said, Conor could knock him out, but if I was to put money down, which I never do, because MMA is so unpredictable, but if I was inclined to drop some money, I’d put it on Eddie Alvarez.