Monday 5 December 2016

'Too smooth and too clean' Conor McGregor says he 'will butcher Eddie Alvarez'

Gareth A Davies

Published 10/11/2016 | 16:27

Conor McGregor gestures toward fans while working out ahead of his UFC 205 mixed martial arts bout against Eddie Alvarez during an open workout, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. McGregor will square off against Alvarez during their match on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Conor McGregor gestures toward fans while working out ahead of his UFC 205 mixed martial arts bout against Eddie Alvarez during an open workout, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. McGregor will square off against Alvarez during their match on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Conor McGregor will draw on the history of fights in Madison Square Garden and deliver a special performance in his challenge for the UFC lightweight crown on Saturday night. The Irish mixed martial artist has pledged to feed off "a very strong energy" having been working on the floor of The Garden on Wednesday.

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McGregor said of being in MSG for the first time: “There’s a very strong energy here. I look forward to utilising it in the fight. It’s unbelievable (to be headlining at MSG). I’m honoured and overwhelmed and grateful. I’m relishing the moment.”

McGregor, arguably the UFC's biggest star at present, makes history on two fronts on Saturday night: the Irishman headlines at the fight organisation's very first event at the Mecca for fight nights in Manhattan, but also attempts to become the first champion to hold belts concurrently in two weight divisions. McGregor is already the UFC (145lb) featherweight king, and challenges Philadelphian slugger/wrestler Eddie Alvarez for the gold belt at 155lbs.    

“I’m expecting Alvarez to come out tough, trying to make it a dirty fight. I’m too clean. I’m too smooth and devastating. I can hit you from any angle. I’m confident. I hope he brings it. I’ll butcher him," offered McGregor. "I’m ready. If he leaves a limb or a neck, I’ll grab that, too.”

Champion Alvarez, meanwhile, gave his take on the man known as 'The Notorious' and on what it means to be fighting at UFC 205: “It’s a blessing. We’re about to do something really special in three days. There is no pressure. We fight three times a week at our gym. This is just another day for me and another opponent. This guy is weaker than the guys I fight.”

Alvarez, talking of McGregor’s hype told FOX Sports: “I’m a fighter. I see what’s real and what’s not. What I see in the Octagon is a scrawny, skinny Irishman who’s about to get a beat down. We’re going to change a lot of minds on Saturday night. The plan is set, the preparation is done and the execution is upon us.

“It’s self-talk. His talk is him trying to convince himself. No one has done it to me, ever. You’re going to hear the words ‘And Still’ on Saturday night.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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