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 next fight: Only one opponent ‘makes sense’ for July return

Conor McGregor only has one viable fight available to him at this moment in time, former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier believes. McGregor, 22-4, is itching to return to the fray following a successful comeback fight in January.

The UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight champion has set his sights on returning to the Octagon in July, a desire he recently revealed on social media.

Currently in the crosshairs of ‘The Notorious’ is newly-crowned interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje, who claimed the strap earlier this month with a fifth-round stoppage victory over Tony Ferguson.

Gaethje, however, has other plans and is hellbent on unifying the titles against undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

With Gaethje’s sights firmly set on Nurmagomedov, McGregor is left with few fights that make sense in his bid to reclaim the lightweight title.

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If Khabib’s fighting Gaethje in September. Conor fights in July vs ‘Big Nate’, ‘Nasty Nate’, the third fight.

Daniel Cormier on Conor McGregor’s next fight

A rematch with Dustin Poirier would be a popular choice, although that could be a hard sell given the fact McGregor knocked him out in just under two minutes in September 2014.

A showdown with BMF titleholder Jorge Masvidal has been mooted, with UFC president Dana White recent admitting it’s possible the fight could be made.

Cormier, like many others, is intrigued by both matchups but believes a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz makes the “most sense” for McGregor at this moment in time.

“If Khabib’s fighting Gaethje in September. Conor fights in July vs ‘Big Nate’, ‘Nasty Nate’, the third fight,” he told Ariel Helwani on ESPN’s ‘DC and Helwani.’

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“This is the one. It’s the only one that makes sense on Fight Island.”

McGregor and Diaz, 31 and 35 respectively, locked horns with one another twice in 2016.

Diaz took the pair’s meeting at UFC 196, submitting McGregor with a second-round rear-naked choke on 11 days’ notice.

McGregor avenged his first defeat inside the Octagon a few months later at UFC 202, edging a five-round war via majority decision.

MMA fans around the world have been eager for the pair to have rubber match ever since their second meeting, which many believe should’ve been scored a draw.

McGregor challenged the youngest Diaz to a series decider in January and recently hinted a third showdown was in the works by telling him: “Sign the contract.”

The notion of McGregor vs Diaz III being in the works was immediately shut down by UFC president Dana White, who said: “No.

“Um… I mean, they don’t like each other. But there’s nothing going on.

“Conor wants to fight. I don’t even know if Nate wants to fight. I think they’re just talking s**t to each other.”

After seeing the UFC’s successful return during the global coronavirus lockdown, McGregor is willing to return to action behind closed doors.

White is willing to grant the Irishman’s wish, even though doing so will see the UFC will miss out on a significant amount of revenue from ticket sales.

“Conor’s been ready to fight for a while,” White said during an appearance on the Jim Rome Show. “He’s in shape. He’s ready to go.”

“First of all, ‘Fight Island’ is going to be very important in any of these fights that are happening with people from outside the country.

“It kills me to do a fight with Conor without fans. Kills me. This guy’s doing almost $20million gates.”

McGregor returned from a 15-month layoff in January in the main event of UFC 246, where he decimated Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds to claim his first victory in over three years.

‘Mystic Mac’ is hoping to return to his active ways in 2020, setting his sights on two more Octagon outings this year.

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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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Conor McGregor makes fresh statement on UFC 246 victory as return rumours swirl

Conor McGregor has issued a fresh breakdown of his demolition of Donald Cerrone. The former two-division champion locked horns with the future Hall-of-Famer in January in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas.

McGregor’s showdown with ‘Cowboy’, his first outing in over 15 months, didn’t last month, though, as he demolished the fan favourite in 40 seconds to claim his first victory in over three years.

McGregor’s destruction of Cerrone was a flawless one, with the Irishman taking no punishment before ending the contest with some well-placed ground-and-pound, which he proceeded with a beautiful head kick.

The former featherweight and lightweight champion reflected on his latest victory – which saw him become the first fighter in UFC history to record stoppage wins in the 145, 155 and 170lb divisions – in a lengthy Instagram post, in which he revealed he’s been working on striking his opponents in usual spots.

“Lately atop my striking, I’ve been striking them where they believe they can’t be struck also,” McGregor wrote. “And with shots they don’t understand to be shots.

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I’ve been striking them where they believe they can’t be struck also

Conor McGregor on Instagram

“Look at the range of limbs and bone joints I strike with here alone.

“The hip. The bone of the clavicle, the infamous collar bone! The knee. The foot. The fist (both). A lovely array.”

McGregor then issued a message to those analysing his latest handiwork.

He added: “That will be all kids now take down your notes and your homework tonight is… enter a cold bath. As cold as it possibly is, you do not need ice.

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“Get in the water and then dip your head under fully and until you need to come up for air. Repeat this over and over until you can stay under for 2 minutes fully. Then Get out.

“Look at yourself in the mirror, And give your self two full clatters into the teeth. You silly novices, back to bed. Just kidding. Respect to all the students of the game. Always remember that if it moves, you are focused on the wrong thing. Stay ready, and most importantly, stay in school.”

McGregor, 31, is hoping to return to his active ways in 2020, setting his sights on two more outings this year.

A summer showdown with Justin Gaethje was in the works, although the former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion is now on course to face Tony Ferguson in May.

Apart from recently declaring himself in shape to fight, McGregor has remained relatively silent on his next outing – which, providing the subsiding of the coronavirus outbreak, could take place in July.

SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh recently claimed his most famous student will indeed be back in action in July, telling ESPN: “There’s going to be a fight in three months’ time.

“I think you would be shocked by some of the names that come across the table. I just kinda go at this stage, ‘Yeah, okay…you’re kickboxing who?’…at this stage there’s just so many things that come across the table.

“I just say, ‘Look, guys, that’s your world.’ Audie, Paradigm and Conor are so good at that, at planning, strategy and negotiating, that I just say, ‘Yeah, give me a date when it comes.”

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