Eddie Alvarez: Conor McGregor “Never Will be” a Five Round, Championship Fighter
By FCF Staff
Eddie Alvarez has argued that Conor McGregor doesn’t have what it takes to compete for five rounds, at the highest levels of the sport, and UFC 202 hasn’t changed his mind.
McGregor worked his way to a majority decision win over Nate Diaz on Saturday night, which marked the first time the featherweight champ has fought for five rounds. Following the card, Alvarez appeared on Anik and Florian podcast, and the lightweight champ had this to say about McGregor (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Honestly, the first round it all looked good but I’ve said it a million times, he’s just not a championship fighter. Not a five, 5-minute round fighter. Never has been, never will be. Some guys can have the chops for it and some guys don’t. I’ve said it from the beginning, I looked at him as a three, 5-minute round fighter and that’s where he’ll be, that’s where he should stay. I think he’s good. I think anything past 8-9 minutes it just starts to look sloppy and looks a little messy.”
Prior to UFC 202, Alvarez reported that he wanted to face the winner of Diaz – McGregor II. In terms of rankings, however, Khabib Nurmagomedov is next in line to receive a title shot.