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Coach Kavanagh Predicts McGregor vs Alvarez

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Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh spoke recently with Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie, as part of a media tour for his autobiography ‘Win or Learn’ which is available for purchase online. McGregor was initially scheduled to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt, but when the champion was injured, Nate Diaz came in and won, setting up a rematch. In the meantime, RDA recovered and lost his belt to Eddie Alvarez, who now fights McGregor on Saturday.

If McGregor wins, he will become the first fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two divisions at once. His coach believes Alvarez is an easier fight than RDA would have been.

“I think Alvarez is a little bit more straightforward,” said Kavanagh. “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.”

Saturday will be McGregor’s fourth fight within a year – he took the featherweight title from Aldo in December, lost to Diaz in March, won the rematch in August, and now fights Alvarez in November.

“Conor is best when he’s kept busy like this,” said Kavanagh. “As long as there’s no injuries stopping him competing, I think it actually works out for the best. If you take long breaks between fights, sometimes you can overthink things. Sometimes fighters who haven’t fought in more than a year and they’re nervous and not familiar with those feelings. He’s fighting every couple weeks so it’s very familiar, he’s very comfortable backstage. It’s actually worked out to be a blessing in the long run and he’s had a lot more preparation for this lightweight title fight than he would have if he had gotten this [shot at a second title] last March. It’s positive.”

“Conor has range, he can hold him on the outside and then if Eddie does close the distance, yes, he’s probably going to have a small weight advantage, but not the same weight advantage as Nate did. But this is going to be a range war, and Eddie’s losing that one.”

The coach then predicted the round and how it finishes.

“I can see a similar fight to Mendes,” said Kavanagh, referencing a T/KO via straight left hand. “I think Eddie will use up a lot of energy in Round 1 trying to pin Conor to the fence. I think late in Round 2, the left hand will land and that will be all she wrote.”

If that comes to pass, according to UFC president Dana White, McGregor will have to give up one belt or the other.

“I wish the best of luck to anybody that tries to come take those belts off him,” said Kavanagh

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.