UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez is convincing himself Conor McGregor isn't a threat, and won't be at UFC 205 when he defends his title.
If the lightweight champion has things go his way this Saturday Night, he will be delivering a beat down to the UFC Featherweight Champion.
"He's the least intimidating man I've ever met. 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,” Alvarez said to Fight Society. “I'm a fighter. 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."
There's been a lot of trash talking from both sides leading to the fight. But this doesn't concern the lightweight champion.
"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,” said Alvarez.
UFC 205 takes place on Saturday, November 12 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor headlining.
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