Eddie Alvarez is in the unique position of having fought both Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje in the UFC, and that’s left him with a strong opinion on who would win if they end up fighting.
“I think a knockout (for McGregor),” Alvarez told TheScore. “I was able to catch (Gaethje) quite a bit with punches, and you watch, Dustin (Poirier) was able to box him a little bit.”
Like Poirier, Alvarez was able to defeat Gaethje, finishing him by knockout courtesy of a third round knee after a back-and-forth battle.
However, ‘The Underground King’ wasn’t able to do the same thing against McGregor, losing out by a second round TKO, and he thinks that Gaethje might also struggle in a striking battle with him.
“The thing with Justin, if I thought he was going to implement a ground game and go in there and take Conor McGregor down and put him against the cage and do what Khabib did, or do what I intended to do, if he was going to implement that game, I would say, ‘Justin is going to do really well against him.’ Just standing for standing, is what I feel like it’ll end up being, there’s just too many mistakes Justin would end up making and Conor would be able to kind of capitalize.”