UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez appeared recently on an unusual, raucous episode of UFC Tonight, and discussed his UFC 205 opponent, Conor McGregor. ‘Notorious’ is a world-class trash talker, and has promised all manner of mayhem, and for himself, immortality.
Alvarez is not impressed.
“I’m a fighter,” said Alvarez, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I see what’s real and I see what’s not. I’m able to distinguish the talk from what’s real. What I see in the octagon, I see a scrawny, skinny Irishman who’s about to get a beatdown.”
“Most of Conor’s talk, the majority of it, is self-talk. It’s him trying to convince himself that he can do these things. I’m a fighter. No one’s gonna do this stuff to me. No one has ever done it, no one ever will.”
Alvarez expanded on the remarks during an appearance with Damon Martin on the Fight Society podcast.
“He’s the least intimidating man I’ve ever met,” said ‘The King of The UnderGround’. “The least. I’ve never been face-to-face with a man and my heart rate has not gone up or something I felt inside emotionally, that has never happened to me until I was on stage at the press conference at Madison Square Garden where I literally felt nothing. I felt the least threatened in my life…
“I’d be lying to you and the whole public if I told you Conor McGregor was the most dangerous opponent I’ve ever come up against… I’d be bald-faced lying to you. The opponent I had before him [Rafael dos Anjos] was much, much harder. He had many more dimensions and that’s just how I feel.”