Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez both had plenty to say for themselves on yesterday’s UFC 205 media call as they head towards next weekend’s title showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and you can read the best quotes from each fighter below.
“I’m going to retire him on this night. He has been through a hell of a lot of wars. He has been dropped continuously. I can see it in him. You can see the effects of war on his face. Respect to him, he’s a fighter, nothing but respect. But this will be it for you. You’re going to be badly, badly hurt Eddie, and I mean that. It’s over for you. You will not fight again after this. You will not look the same, you will not think the same, and that’s it.”
“He’s thinking it’s a game. It’s like you look into these people’s eyes and they don’t see it as a reality just yet. They’re trying to look away and make it something else. ‘This isn’t happening.’ And then we’re in the Octagon, and then we’re about to fight, and I see what I see in their eyes.
“I see them break, bit by bit. And then we’re in the Octagon and I break them myself. So that’s it. I’m looking forward to going in. He’s claiming it’s an easier contest. I look forward to seeing the eyes, when the eyes roll, and the electric shock darts through his whole body and goes to his knees. And then he comes up in survival mode, and that panic sets through his whole body, his whole face. That’s something I’m looking forward to, and I will go out there and I will punish him for that, for those words that he’s saying. I’m going to retire him on this night.”
“Anyone who fights me, it’s over for them … Go have a look at Nate (Diaz), go and speak to him. Look at how Jose (Aldo) is doing. It’s going to be exactly the same for you. You are never, ever going to be the same again ever in your life. You’re kids after this fight are going to beg you, ‘daddy, please don’t go in again.’”
“I feel [people are] going to see something they haven’t seen before. I’m going to toy with this man. I’m going to really, truly rearrange his facial structure. His wife and kids will never recognize him again. His friends and the people that he knows will know that he’s not the same man after this contest. So he’s going to be in a shock when he sees that. That’s it.”
“I run this whole thing. I run New York. I run this whole ship. Without me none of this happens. I run this whole sh-t. Everyone in this game does what they’re f-cking told except for me and rightly f-cking so. If I say you’re on the prelims, you’re on the f-cking prelims, If I say main even, it’s the f-cking main event.”
“I don’t know whether you can take time off with this life. I just stay working, stay creating history. Ya know, stay changing the game. That’s what I’ve been doing since day one.”
“If I was lucky enough to get the same (opponents) he’s had, the same s*** would happen, if not worse.”
“Style makes match-ups and when you pick the style you want to fight, you can knock everyone out. I can go to the supermarket right now and punch a guy in the mouth and look like a superhero. When you fight the best guys in the world, it’s going to be tough … s***’s going to change and you’re not going to look as good. The guys he’s faced are nothing of the calibre of fighter I am.”
“I know what I’m capable of and I can get it done in any manner. Any manner. If he begins to even think about wrestling, his defence is atrocious. He has good striking but his defence is terrible, terrible – might be the worst in the division.”
““I will go down as the best lightweight in UFC history, that’s what I will go down as. It will start with (McGregor) but then I’ll make UFC great again and continue to fight No.1 guys who belong there.
“I sincerely feel I deserve a break. This will be my break and I’ll get back to some real s*** — fighting the real No.1 contenders who fight the best guys, not the guys with funny accents who sell tickets.”