Well, recently the former Bellator lightweight champ appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and he was asked to weigh-in on McGregor’s submission loss to Nate Diaz. Alvarez has argued in the past that McGregor can be beaten via the wrestling and top game route, but this time, he cited the reach and boxing of Diaz (in terms of why McGregor lost).
Alvarez also had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“And to be honest with you, Conor’s a one-or-two-round fighter,” Alvarez said. “He’s not a championship fighter, you know what I mean? He’s a one-or-two-round guy. He’ll be a lifer, I think, in three-rounders. If he ever decides to do five-rounders or go past to five, I think most of his fights are going to look like that. He’s going to take a dump.”
Wow. That’s not going to sit well with McGregor fans. It is worth noting that in McGregor’s 20 fight plus career, he’s never gone past the third round. Of course, that’s in large part because of his striking abilities, and his heavy left hand.
It will be interesting to see how he does in say the fourth or fifth round. Following his loss to Diaz, which ended in the second, McGregor admitted he miscalculated how his power would transfer to 170, and he gassed. Will things go differently if and when they fight again? Alvarez is going with Diaz.
McGregor talk aside, Alvarez is booked to fight champion Rafael dos Anjos next. That fight will take place July 7th.