Although Eddie Alvarez took out Rafael dos Anjos in July, Conor McGregor’s coach believes the UFC’s lightweight champ is a “slightly” easier fight for the Irish star.
McGregor will face Alvarez in the headliner of UFC 205, which will take place this Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Earlier this year, McGregor was booked to fight dos Anjos at UFC 196, but the latter broke his foot and had to withdraw. At the time, RDA was the reigning champ of the 155 division.
Recently McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, spoke to MMA Junkie.com. While discussing the differences between Alvarez and RDA, the Straight Blast Gym leader said this:
“I think Alvarez is a little bit more straightforward,” Kavanagh said. “Dos Anjos obviously has a world-class submission game on the ground. Alvarez is more basic on the ground. He’s just going to hold you there and throw some shots, whereas dos Anjos has very slick jiu-jitsu. In other respects, they’re both quite similar in that they’re both physically similar, and similar style. A couple punches, then try to get a takedown. But I think Eddie is slightly the easier fight because he’s orthodox and doesn’t have quite the submission game as dos Anjos.”
Obviously a lot of Alvarez fans might disagree here, although, most folks know styles make fights. So, just because Alvarez defeated dos Anjos, doesn’t mean McGregor would necessarily have an easier time fighting the former champ.
It will be interesting to see, however, how things play out if Alvarez takes McGregor down. Kavanagh might not think Alvarez is as dangerous there as RDA, but many would likely argue he has better takedowns.