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Eddie Alvarez believes ‘there’s a simple way to win against’ Conor McGregor

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Opinions about Conor McGregor don’t come bland. Whether it’s a rival or a dispassionate observer, the UFC featherweight champion elicits strong takes from every direction about who he is, what he’ll accomplish and just how good of a fighter he can actually be.

On that last count, views have largely swung toward the idea that McGregor is one of the better fighters in the sport. He’s undefeated in the UFC and took the belt from long-time champion Jose Aldo in a mere 13 seconds. But for former Bellator lightweight champion and current lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez, defeating McGregor really isn’t that difficult a task.

When asked for a prediction about McGregor’s upcoming lightweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196, Alvarez claimed making the Dublin native suffer defeat is a matter or prioritizing the right kind of attack.

“For me, it’s a very simple fight for RDA to win, but he needs to implement a ground attack. If he don’t, I honestly feel like he can get knocked out, just like the other guys Conor was able to knock out. But he can’t allow it to be mostly of a striking,” Alvarez said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour.

“I hate when guys who are from a BJJ background and a good wrestling background abandon their whole base and their whole fundamental because a lot of guys around them are telling them that they’re really good strikers. I hope RDA doesn’t do that. I hope he sticks to what he’s good at and wins the fight in a dominant fashion the way he can, the way I feel like a lot of guys can that aren’t doing it against Conor.”

More than that, though, Alvarez said attacking McGregor on the ground isn’t merely the better route to victory, ….View full article

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