UFC 205: Michael Bisping & Kenny Florian Disagree on Alvarez – McGregor Winner
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez will battle tomorrow night at UFC 205, and it looks like Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian aren’t on the same page, in terms of who is going to win.
McGregor will challenge the lightweight champ in the main event of the card, which will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the latest “UFC Tonight“, Bisping and Florian were asked to make their picks for the fight, and here is what they had to say (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“When he gets going, watch out. Alvarez sometimes gets going at a slow pace, but when he comes out fast, he’s dangerous,” Florian relayed, while discussing the keys to victory for Alvarez. “He’s never been taken down. He needs to land the takedown against Conor. He needs to back him up, as well, and take away the striking. He did that against Pettis and took him out of his game. Finally, he needs to vary the attack and mix things up to keep Conor guessing.”
“I’m going for McGregor,” said Florian, while making his pick. “I think he’s a little too slick on his feet and I think he catches him.”
“Conor is the total package,” Bisping noted, while discussing the keys to victory for the featherweight champ. “His straight left hand has been the money shot his whole career. Key one, he needs to look for counters. Alvarez is going to be coming forward in this fight. Eddie is going to go for takedown as well and Conor has to defend the takedowns. Finally, he’s got to be unpredictable. He’s got so many weapons. If he uses them all, he might just win the fight.”
“This is very unpopular for me to say this, but I see Alvarez winning” Bisping said. “It’ll be similar to the Pettis fight. He’ll push him against the fence and tire him out, take away the striking, wear him down and look for the finish. I’m rooting for Conor, but don’t see it happening. If it stays on the feet, I think Conor can win, but I think Eddie will get the takedown.”
Alvarez won the 155 title by stopping Rafael dos Anjos in July. McGregor, meanwhile, decisioned Nate Diaz in a welterweight contest in his last bout, this past August.