If you plan on fighting Conor McGregor at some time in your career, you might want to read what Eddie Alvarez had to say recently. The man thinks he knows how to defeat "Notorious" Conor, and he took to The MMA Hour to explain.
Here's the footage of the full conversation below. It should be mentioned that the 'likes to dislikes' ratio is pretty close to 1:1.
So how do you do it?
"For me, it's a very simple fight for RDA to win, but he needs to implement a ground attack. If he don't, I honestly feel like he can get knocked out, just like the other guys Conor was able to knock out. But he can't allow it to be mostly of a striking.
I hate when guys who are from a BJJ background and a good wrestling background abandon their whole base and their whole fundamental because a lot of guys around them are telling them that they're really good strikers. I hope RDA doesn't do that. I hope he sticks to what he's good at and wins the fight in a dominant fashion the way he can, the way I feel like a lot of guys can that aren't doing it against Conor."
He thinks getting Conor on the ground is the "easy path" to victory:
"There's a simple way to win against this guy and nobody seems to be doing it. It's really frustrating to watch.
I feel like he'll look foolish. I honestly feel it could be an embarrassment. It could be like everyone in the crowd going, 'Wow, that was it? Why didn't anybody else do that?' It could be that surprising to people. That's how I feel. We just haven't seen him there."
For those who push back claiming McGregor's ground game has been tested against Chad Mendes at UFC 189, Alvarez begged to differ. He argued the style Mendes chose to employ only works with a full camp. Without it, it's impossible to use it effectively.
"Let's talk about that for one second. Mendes is primarily a wrestler, correct? Primarily a wrestler. In order to implement a wrestling attack, it takes a ton of energy and a ton of conditioning and energy. You can't roll off the couch and implement a wrestling attack against a guy. It's just not going to happen. You need to be conditioned. You need to be in shape.
If you're a wrestler and you're rolling off the couch and going to fight, essentially, you have no weapons. You have none. Your only weapon wrestling is no good because you're not conditioned."
The bottom line is Alvarez doesn't see McGregor as unbeatable at all
"The guy hasn't been in the fight we need to see him in. Nobody's implemented an attack and when someone does, it's over. This whole show's over. The whole goddamn spectacle's over. I don't know why no one's doing it. It's very frustrating."
You may recall Conor's shit-talking at the MMA Awards in Las Vegas... er, well, his video recording that he left instead of even attending:
Nobody likes this dude right now, for good reason. But now it appears we have a legitimate method for getting him beat. Will it happen at UFC 196 on March 5th against Rafael dos Anjos?