Eddie Alvarez, former opponent of Conor McGregor, envisions potential success for the “Notorious” in the realm of bare-knuckle boxing. McGregor made waves in the MMA community when he made a special appearance at BKFC 41. He was presented with a distinctive BKFC belt and engaged in a stare-down with Mike Perry.
Despite McGregor’s ongoing UFC contract and plans for a summer return to the octagon. Eddie Alvarez, a former UFC and Bellator champion, shared his insights on why McGregor could excel in bare-knuckle boxing during an appearance on Morning Kombat.
Alvarez highlighted McGregor’s stylistic advantages, emphasizing his agile and elusive “fencing style”. According to Alvarez, this style is well-suited for bare-knuckle boxing, where the absence of gloves adds a different dynamic to the fight. Alvarez expressed confidence in McGregor’s potential success, acknowledging the contractual considerations that need to be navigated for such a transition.
Eddie Alvarez Breaks Down McGregor’s Fencing Style and Potential Bare-Knuckle Boxing Success
“I think he has a good style for it just because like I said, that fencing style where you’re in and out, and you’re not taking shots to give shots, and you’re not kind of Mexican fighting. I would say that’s conducive for bareknuckle,” Alvarez told Morning Kombat. “That bouncy, back-and-forth-tag-you’re-it style makes for a very good bare knuckle fighter. Conor has that style. I think he would do well, just a matter of if he’s able to get out of that contract and make something happen.”
The history between Alvarez and McGregor adds depth to Alvarez’s perspective. Two clashed in a notable UFC Lightweight Championship bout in November 2016.This marked the UFC’s debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City. McGregor secured victory via second-round TKO, making history as the first fighter to concurrently hold UFC gold in two weight classes.
Having ventured into bare-knuckle boxing himself, Alvarez brings firsthand experience to the table. His recent BKFC clash with Chad Mendes at the same event where McGregor made his appearance ended in a split decision victory for Alvarez. Currently gearing up for a highly anticipated showdown with Mike Perry at BKFC 56 on December 2, Alvarez continues to navigate the unique landscape of bare-knuckle competition.
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