‘I think a knockout’: Conor McGregor can make light work of Justin Gaethje should they meet in the octagon, says Eddie Alvarez… the man who has faced both UFC stars
- Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje are moving closer to a clash in the octagon
- Eddie Alvarez has the experience of facing both fighters at UFC events
- The 36-year-old believes the Irishman has an edge should the fight go ahead
Conor McGregor would make light work of Justin Gaethje if the pair meet in the octagon, according to a man who has fought both.
Eddie Alvarez lost to the Irishman in 2016 in New York, but had better success against Gaethje – inflicing one of his two career defeats.
And from his position of experience, Alvarez believes that would become three defeats, should he come against The Notorious.
Conor McGregor has been backed to beat Justin Gaethje should the pair meet in the octagon
Gaethje (above) triumphed over Tony Ferguson in their interim lightweight fight at UFC 249
‘Yeah, I think a knockout [for McGregor],’ said Alvarez when asked for his opinion on who would win in a fight between the pair on a recent The Score podcast.
‘I was able to catch him [Gaethje] quite a bit with punches. And you watch that Dustin [Poirier] was able to box him a little bit.’
Alvarez believes the edge is held by McGregor due to his superior boxing skills.
However, should Gaethje turn the contest into a ground game, all bets are off according to the 36-year-old.
‘The thing with Justin is, if I thought he would implement a ground game, and he was gonna go in there and take Conor down and put him against the cage and do that, kind of do what Khabib did [against McGregor], do what I intended to do, if he was gonna implement that game, I would say Justin’s gonna do really well against him,’ Alvarez added.
‘But just standing for standing, like a stand-up fight, which is what I feel like it’ll end up being, I feel like there’s just too many mistakes that Justin would make, and Conor would be able to kinda capitalise.’
Eddie Alvarez (left) has faced McGregor and Gaethje, losing to the Irishman in 2016 (above)
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