By Chris Fisler and Cory Groeneveld
One of the most popular segments from our partners wesportstalk.com Facebook chat was our Great Debate segment. In the segment, we have a debate between two writers. One guy states his case why a certain fighter will win, and the other writer states his case for why his opponent will win.
Today’s debate is matchups up the main event of the historic UFC 205 card, lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez versus featherweight champion, Conor McGregor. The match-up squares off two writers making their debut in the great debate, with Chris Fisler vs Cory Groeneveld. Chris is taking Alvarez, and McGregor is the pick of Cory.
Why Eddie Alvarez will successfully defend his belt at UFC 205 (Chris Fisler):
We are on the verge of the biggest card in not only UFC history but MMA history, headlined by Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor for the Light Weight Championship of the world and I’m on the Eddie Alvarez train!
With this being such a big fight, I went back and watched previous fights for both Conor and Eddie. The reason I’ am picking Alvarez is because the only times Conor has been in trouble since being in the UFC is when he is taken to the ground. In my personal opinion, Conor has been able to pick and choice who he wanted to fight ever since he beat Max Holloway (which could have been his biggest win that no one talks about).
Basically, McGregor has fought guys that want to stand and bang with him; Diego Brandao,Dustin Poirier and Denis Siver. All extremely easy fights for him, in my opinion. Then Jose Aldo Jr got hurt and Chad Mendes took a fight with the Notorious One on 2 weeks notice, for the interim featherweight belt(which I attended, just to rub it in). In the first round of their fight, it was the first time Conor was ever in trouble in the UFC. Chad took him down with ease. was able to ground and pound and land brutal elbows from Conor’s guard. Chad eventually gassed out in the second round and Conor caught him and knocked him out. The only other time McGregor was in trouble was when Nate Diaz was able to get him to the ground and choke him out.
With all this being said, I think Eddie Alvarez brings a kind of pressure to the Octagon that I think McGregor has no clue of how to defend. If you look at Alvarez, when he fought Anthony Pettis , some people might look at it as a boring but he was able to hold Pettis against the cage and just control the fight from there, and get a hard earned decision win.
So here is my prediction, Eddie Alvarez keeps a lot of pressure on Conor and cuts the cage off. He is able to limit the very unpredictable movement of McGregor, taking him down with relatively ease in the championship rounds and grinds out a unanimous decision win.
Don’t read all this and think I’m a huge Conor hater. I love all the popularity he has brought to MMA but I think this Saturday is where a lot of the hype ends and some people realize there is a lot of great fighters that don’t have to talk trash and be arrogant to their opponents to get noticed.