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John Kavanagh Explains Why He Has "No Doubt" That McGregor Will Defeat Alvarez

John Kavanagh Explains Why He Has "No Doubt" That McGregor Will Defeat Alvarez
By Mikey Traynor

With three weeks to go until Conor McGregor's shot at making UFC history by being the first fighter to hold two belts in different weight classes at the same time, we're starting to see fight predictions come in from all angles.

A number of UFC fighters have already given their views, but today it was the turn of McGregor's coach John Kavanagh as he was speaking at the One Zero Conference in Dublin's RDS.

Conor himself has predicted an early KO finish, and while Kavanagh did admit that there will be moments in the fight were Alvarez applies pressure, he was in no doubt that Conor McGregor will win as he described Eddie Alvarez as a 'traditional fighter'.

Kavanagh explained how it was the unusual style of Nate Diaz that forced him to change his training camp for the second fight, having never before trained for a specific opponent due to the high rates of late dropouts for Conor's fights:

If you’re preparing for Aldo, a fast kickboxer, great takedown defence, and you get very specific about that and then a week out you get a wrestler (Chad Mendes) that holds people down, you couldn’t get more different than those two opponents but our training style could deal with that change.

But Diaz proved to be a different character for a number of different reasons. He was so unusual compared to the typical opponent that we did have to re-assess and change, we changed pretty much everything in the lead up for that contest, so it just taught me a different style of coaching that I hadn’t been used to.

Kavanagh then elaborated on how he thought the fight would go, acknowledging that Alvarez is the UFC lightweight champ for a reason, but ultimately claiming that he was in "no doubt" that McGregor would win, and he would be surprised to see the fight last the full 25 minutes.

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There will be pressure in this fight, I have no doubt there will be times where Conor is feeling that pressure and is getting pinned up against the fence. It’s a fight at the end of the day and Eddie is a UFC champion and he is it for a reason.

He’s been around this sport for a long, long time and as I say we’re hoping for the best but we’re preparing for the worst so we’re ready for a tough 25 minutes.

I’d be very surprised if it goes the full 25 minutes but I’m sure Eddie is going to have his moments, that’s how fights are, but ultimately I have absolutely no doubt that Conor’s hand will be raised.

Eddie Alvarez and his camp have this week claimed that the intensity with which Alvarez pressures his opponents, the best example being his total overwhelming of then middleweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, will be too much for the Irishman.

Alvarez has claimed that McGregor "gassed after eight minutes" while exchanging in the standup against Nate Diaz, and has said that he won't last as long should the Philadelphia native be able to get him to the ground.

But it's clear that this is not of worry to McGregor or John Kavanagh, who feel that they have fought fighters of a similar style to Alvarez in the past.

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We won't know for sure until after UFC 205, and what an incredible night of fighting that proposes to be with some unbelieable talent on display from the preliminaries up to the main and co-main events.

[via Independent.ie]

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