Conor McGregor backed to make light work of Justin Gaethje

‘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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Conor McGregor tweets good wishes for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s ailing father

Conor McGregor briefly put aside his dislike of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday to tweet his concern for Nurmagomedov’s ailing father.

McGregor saw news reports that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is in a coma in a Russian hospital and offered prayers for him and his family.  

The elder Nurmagomedov is also the undefeated champion’s trainer.

The social media post cooled another flareup between the fighters that began with a tweet by Nurmagomedov after UFC 249 early Sunday.

The champion had two words after watching Justin Gaethje defeat Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight belt:

Gaethje was in the Octagon because Nurmagomedov couldn’t travel out of Russia for the fight amid the coronavirus pandemic.

McGregor used the tweet to insult Nurmagomedov and challenge Gaethje. (Language warning for the tweet below.)

McGregor also blasted Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, who manages Gaethje as well.

Khabib, in turn, sent a series of tweets trash-talking McGregor over their 2018 title fight, which Nurmagomedov won handily.

The bout is also remembered for a postfight brawl outside the Octagon. Both fighters were suspended for their roles in it. Months before, McGregor was arrested in Brooklyn, N.Y., after throwing a dolly through a bus window in an attempt to confront Khabib.

Then, in the lead-up to his fight with Khabib, McGregor called Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov a “quivering coward.”

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Conor McGregor hits out at arch rival Nate Diaz

‘Shut your eyelid and sign the contract’: Conor McGregor hits out at arch rival Nate Diaz as UFC star hints that highly-anticipated trilogy bout could be on the horizon

  • Conor McGregor has hit out at arch rival Nate Diaz ahead of a possible third bout 
  • The Irish star and Diaz have shared the octagon twice in enthralling contests 
  • Diaz, 35, had told McGregor to ‘shut his b**** a** up’ on Instagram
  • McGregor responded in typical fashion, before hinting at a trilogy fight 

Conor McGregor has hit out at arch rival Nate Diaz as the Irish superstar hinted that a third fight between the pair could be on the horizon. 

The former lightweight and featherweight champion has shared the octagon with the loud-mouth Stockton Slugger on two occasions, both in 2016, with each emerging with victories of their own.

McGregor, 31, has long insisted that he will face Diaz for a third and final time to settle the trilogy, with fans and pundits eager to see the pair battle it out once again. 

Conor McGregor has hit out at Nate Diaz before hinting that a third bout is on the horizon

McGregor, 31, and Diaz, 35, shared the octagon twice in 2016, each enthralling battles

And McGregor has thrown down the gauntlet to the 35-year-old on Instagram, after the American slammed his rival on a post shared by UFC president Dana White.

White had shared a tweet from McGregor supporting the controversial UFC 249 event, which read: ‘Wishing all my fighting colleagues good health as they put on tonight’s show for us! 

‘#UFC249 on ESPN+ Good luck and God speed men and women. From the competitors to the cleaners. Thank you all. Also Prayers up for Jacare Souza and team in making a full recovery.’

To this, Diaz simply replied: ‘Shut your b**** a** up’. 

Diaz told McGregor to ‘shut up’ before the Irish star fired back at his arch nemesis on Instagram

McGregor’s eye remark was a jibe at Diaz’s last bout, where an eye cut saw him lose to Masvidal

McGregor responded with: ‘Shut your eyelid and sign the contract’, in reference to the swelling around the eye that resulted in Diaz’s last bout with Jorge Masvidal to be called off. 

The 31-year-old also revealed that a contract appears to be on the table for a third fight to eventuate between himself and Diaz. Fans were engrossed in the slugging trades between the pair in the first two bouts, as well as the constant verbal exchanges.

Should the fight take place behind-closed-doors, fans will be able to hear every word said between the pair in the octagon.  

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Conor McGregor responds to Oscar De La Hoya claiming he'd beat him in two rounds

Conor McGregor has appeared to accept a fight with Oscar De La Hoya.

De La Hoya, who won world titles in six weight classes, has not stepped foot in the ring since he was beaten by Manny Pacquiao in his last professional fight in 2008.

But speaking last week, ‘The Golden Boy’, who turned 47 in February, claimed he would still be able to make short work of McGregor.

When asked about a potential fight with McGregor on CBS Sports’ State of Combat podcast, De La Hoya replied: ‘Oh come on, brother. Two rounds.

‘One thing about me is I went for the kill, always.

‘Look, Conor McGregor, I love him in the Octagon, I respect him, I watch him all the time.

‘But the boxing ring is a whole different story, it’s a whole different story.’

However, McGregor has now issued a blunt reply on Twitter: ‘I accept your challenge, Oscar de la Hoya.’

McGregor is understood to be keen to fight again following his win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January.

Earlier this week, Dana White claimed that McGregor is keen to fight in June.

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