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Conor McGregor: “I don’t think Eddie Alvarez poses any threat”

Conor McGregor: “I don’t think Eddie Alvarez poses any threat”

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has always been one to speak his mind.

The brash Irishman, who will challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC’s lightweight title on November 12 in New York, recently did a Fan Q&A with the LAD Bible where he gave his take on Alvarez as an opponent.

“You know, I don’t think he poses any threat. He’s tough,” McGregor admitted. “He’s a tough kid. He’s got some good fights under his belt. Good experience. I’m expecting him to come in and fight with his heart. But I don’t see it going well for him. You know he will be unconscious.”

Conor further elaborated on why he believes Eddie Alvarez will be an “easy” opponent.

“This time we’ve gone back to 5-foot-7 stalky stuffed wrestlers with mediocre boxing. That’s the opponent I’m going up against. We’ve got solid boxers (for this camp), we’ve got solid wrestlers. That is a body type (Eddie’s) that is very easily found. I’ve been facing this opponent, this new opponent this body type, these attacks, I’ve been facing that style my whole life. It’s like a… It’s easy really. It’s a lot better for me. It’s handy. I don’t have to go out and source these taller, bigger. They’ve got to be southpaws also and react certain ways. There’s a million opponents and training partners that replicate this next opponents style.”

Conor McGregor was last seen in action at August’s UFC 202 event where he scored a majority decision victory over rival Nate Diaz in a bout that was deemed “fight of the night” and a possible “fight of the year” candidate.

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The Irish superstar has gone 8-1 in his UFC career, scoring finishes in six of those eight wins.

Meanwhile, Eddie Alarez captured the UFC lightweight title by scoring a first-round knockout victory over Rafael dos Anjos this past July in Las Vegas.

Prior to that, Alvarez had scored split-decision victories over Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez respectively.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in the main event of UFC 205, McGregor or Alvarez?

VIDEO | UFC 205 Promo Trailer

VIDEO | UFC 205 Promo Trailer

Now that UFC 204 is in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to turn our attention to the organization’s next major event: UFC 205.

The event, which is scheduled for November 12, will mark the organization’s first-ever trip to New York City. In celebration of this momentous occasion, the UFC has stacked the card with high-profile fights – a whopping three of which will be for world titles.

The most major of these title fights will occur in the main event, when UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor will attempt to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously by taking the lightweight crown from reigning champ Eddie Alvarez.

Conor McGregor Eddie Alvarez staredown

 

The second of UFC 205’s three title fights will see welterweight champ Tyron Woodley attempt his first title defense against streaking karate specialist Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

The third, finally, will see strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defend her title against fellow undefeated Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

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In advance of this massive card, the UFC has released a spine tingling promotional video that features the 6 fighters involved in this trio of massive title fights. You can watch that video above – but be warned: it’ll make the wait for UFC 205 even more difficult.

UFC 205 will showcase a six bout main card

UFC 205 will showcase a six bout main card

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC 205, which is scheduled for November 12 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, is arguably the most highly anticipated fight card in the promotions history.

The UFC 205 lineup is absolutely stacked with talent and includes a “super fight” between current UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and current UFC featherweight title holder Conor McGregor for the promotions 155-pound strap.

During yesterday’s UFC 205 event in Portland, the promotion announced that the UFC 205 main card will showcase six bouts, including three title fights.

UFC 205 Main Card Fights:

The biggest fight on the card, unsurprisingly, is its newly announced main event, which will see Eddie Alvarez defend his UFC lightweight title against reigning UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Alvarez won the title in July by smashing the streaking Rafael Dos Anjos to a first-round TKO win. McGregor, meanwhile, won featherweight gold with a 13-second KO of Jose Aldo last December – though he’s spent his last two fights battling Nate Diaz at welterweight. If the Irishman is successful against Alvarez, he’ll become the first fighter ever to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

Alvarez vs. McGregor is not the only title fight on the bill.

The card will also see Tyron Woodley defend his welterweight title against the streaking Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, while Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her strawweight title against her countrywoman, Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

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Woodley won the welterweight title by leveling Robbie Lawler with a first-round punch at UFC 201 in late July. Thompson earned his shot at Woodley’s new belt by extending his win-streak to a whopping seven with a June defeat of recent Bellator signee Rory MacDonald.

Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, won the title UFC strawweight title back in early 2015, beating the brakes off the division’s inaugural champion Carla Esparza en route to a second round knockout. Since then, the undefeated Polish striker has successfully defended the throne against Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, and Claudia Gadelha. Kowalkiewicz, another undefeated Polish fighter, has gone 3-0 in the UFC, most recently cementing her number-one-contender status with a decision triumph over the dangerous Rose Namajunas.

Joanna interview

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will look to return to his winning ways when he squares off with Yoel Romero on the main card of UFC 205.

Also featured on the main card is a key welterweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Kelvin Gastelum. Cerrone is currently riding a three-fight win streak in the division, with all three of those victories coming by way of stoppage.

Last but not least, former UFC 135-pound title holder Miesha Tate will return to action against the always tough Raquel Pennington.

Talk about a stacked UFC pay-per-view card!

UFC 205 Fight Card and Rumors

UFC 205 Fight Card and Rumors

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC 205, which is scheduled for November 12 in New York City, is drawing closer by the day. As it does, it continues to evolve into one of the best UFC cards of all time.

The biggest fight on the card, unsurprisingly, is its newly announced main event, which will see Eddie Alvarez defend his UFC lightweight title against reigning UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Alvarez won the title in July by smashing the streaking Rafael Dos Anjos to a first-round TKO win. McGregor, meanwhile, won featherweight gold with a 13-second KO of Jose Aldo last December – though he’s spent his last two fights battling Nate Diaz at welterweight. If the Irishman is successful against Alvarez, he’ll become the first fighter ever to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

Alvarez vs. McGregor is not the only title fight on the bill.

The card will also see Tyron Woodley defend his welterweight title against the streaking Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, while Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her strawweight title against her countrywoman, Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

UFC welterweight champion

Woodley won the welterweight title by leveling Robbie Lawler with a first-round punch at UFC 201 in late July. Thompson earned his shot at Woodley’s new belt by extending his win-streak to a whopping seven with a June defeat of recent Bellator signee Rory MacDonald.

Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, won the title UFC strawweight title back in early 2015, beating the brakes off the division’s inaugural champion Carla Esparza en route to a second round knockout. Since then, the undefeated Polish striker has successfully defended the throne against Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, and Claudia Gadelha. Kowalkiewicz, another undefeated Polish fighter, has gone 3-0 in the UFC, most recently cementing her number-one-contender status with a decision triumph over the dangerous Rose Namajunas.

Joanna interview

Of course, the appeal of UFC 205 doesn’t end with its trio of title fights.

Elsewhere on the card, we’ll see Chris Weidman attempt to rebound from a December title loss against streaking Cuban Olympian Yoel Romero, while former bantamweight champ Miesha Tate looks to get back on track against the ever-dangerous Raquel Pennington.

The card will also feature a high-profile featherweight bout between former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and long-time contender Jeremy Stephens, and the fourth welterweight appearance of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who will look to stay perfect in the division opposite TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum.

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UFC 205’s full lineup is expected to be announced by UFC President Dana White on Tuesday, September 27.

Here’s a full rundown of the card as it currently stands.

Officially announced bouts:

For the UFC lightweight championship: Eddie Alvarez (28-4) vs. Conor McGregor (20-3)

For the UFC welterweight championship: Tyron Woodley (16-3) vs. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (13-1)

For the UFC strawweight championship: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0)

Middleweight: Chris Weidman (13-1) vs. Yoel Romero (12-1)

Welterweight: Kelvin Gastelum (12-2) vs. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (31-7)

Featherweight: Frankie Edgar (20-5-1) vs. Jeremy ‘Lil Heathen’ Stephens (25-12)

Middleweight: Rashad Evans (19-5-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (18-5)

Lightweight: Thiago Alves (21-10) vs. Jim Miller (27-8)

Middleweight: Tim Boetsch (19-10) vs. Rafael Natal (21-7-1)

Woman’s Bantamweight: Liz Carmouche (10-5) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (8-0)

Women’s Bantamweight: Miesha Tate (18-6) vs. Raquel Pennington</