Solely three males in historical past have shared the octagon with each Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje. So in relation to analyzing a possible combat between them, Eddie Alvarez is uniquely certified.
Though interim UFC light-weight champ Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is anticipated to have a title unification bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov subsequent, the opportunity of McGregor (22-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC) inserting himself into the state of affairs is fully believable.
Not solely has McGregor already made the push on social media, however with Nurmagomedov tending to his reportedly unwell father, it places questions across the September timeline for his return to the octagon.
Alvarez, the previous champ of the 155-pound division, suffered a second-round knockout loss to McGregor at UFC 205 in November 2016. He beat Gaethje by third-round knockout in December 2017, and having seen either side of the coin, “The Underground King” sees a bonus for McGregor.
“I feel a knockout (for McGregor),” Alvarez advised TheScore. “I used to be capable of catch (Gaethje) fairly a bit with punches, and also you watch, Dustin (Poirier) was capable of field him a bit bit.”
Solely Dustin Poirier and Donald Cerrone have additionally shared the cage with each males, however Alvarez’s complete combat time towards McGregor and Gaethje was better than anybody. Alvarez does consider a path to victory exists for Gaethje, however he wouldn’t count on him to make use of it as soon as the octagon door closed with McGregor.
“The factor with Justin, if I assumed he was going to implement a floor recreation and go in there and take Conor McGregor down and put him towards the cage and do what Khabib did, or do what I supposed to do, if he was going to implement that recreation, I might say, ‘Justin goes to do rather well towards him,’” Alvarez stated. “Simply standing for standing, is what I really feel prefer it’ll find yourself being, there’s simply too many errors Justin would find yourself making and Conor would be capable to form of capitalize.”
Alvarez left the UFC in mid-2018 and joined ONE Championship. Nonetheless, he retains desk on his previous division, and McGregor vs. Gaethje is one he’d wish to see unfold.