Originally posted at MMATorch.com on November 11, 2016
Predict how Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor will play out on Saturday night at UFC 205…
MICHAEL GROCKE, MMATorch contributor
I expect Conor McGregor to come out with his left hand cocked and loaded, hoping to land big shots in an effort to get Eddie Alvarez out of there as quickly as possible. It won’t be easy, though, considering Alvarez has only been knocked out once. It’s no secret McGregor tires as the rounds go by, so as long as Alvarez doesn’t get caught with a big left and he can weather the early storm, I think he’ll be in a good position come the latter rounds.
Eddie Alvarez is a well-rounded fighter. He’s clearly the much better wrestler. While his footwork isn’t as polished as McGregor’s, it’s vastly improved over recent years. His experience will prepare him for anything Conor throws at him and he’s as mentally tough as anyone. I expect Alavarez to go after takedowns and try to get the fight to the canvass. Conor will want to apply pressure, so Alvarez’s ability to counter and utilize his speed will be a big factor in his chances of winning.
Conor McGregor is the more skilled, more disciplined striker. He’s going to look to set up his left hand early and often. While both fighters hit hard, Eddie has yet to face a foe that hits as hard as McGregor. Conor wants to keep the fight standing so he can utilize his superior boxing skills. If McGregor can’t defend the takedown then I think it will be long night for him. I also think if the fight goes past the third round he might be in trouble.
The current odds are, McGregor -175; Alvarez +145.
I’ll take the underdog by decision.
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