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Alvarez: McGregor 'desperate' ahead of UFC 205 title fight


On last week’s UFC 205 media conference call, Conor McGregor said he is planning to toy with and retire Eddie Alvarez after he takes the Philadelphia native’s UFC lightweight title on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. “Mystic Mac” is predicting another first-round knockout.

Alvarez didn’t seem too bothered by the threats. But on the first episode of UFC 205 Embedded, Alvarez said McGregor’s comments about his family showed that McGregor may be doubting himself.

“At a certain point in our press conference call he got desperate and started talking about my wife and kids,” Alvarez said. “You don’t talk about another man’s family unless you’re through-the-roof pissed off. Just to see him cross that (line), it’s good for me. He’s already on tilt and we didn’t even get in the cage yet.”

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During the conference call, McGregor, who also appeared on the episode from New York City – where he arrived last week to begin final preparations for the fight – said Alvarez’s wife and kids won’t recognize him after the fight because of the way he’s going to “rearrange his facial structure.”

Along with his training partners and coaches, McGregor said he has put in hard work again for this camp and is ready to make history at UFC 205.

Alvarez had his final sparring session in the episode and gloated about his training: “We ain’t riding bicycles in here,” Alvarez said. The champion is referring to McGregor’s social media posts about his elite cardio heading into the fight.

Get one of the first glimpses of strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at her new home in Florida as she trains at American Top Team. Plus, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson all make appearances on this new episode of Embedded. Watch it at the top of the page.