While Conor McGregor’s performance in the main event of UFC 202, during his fight with Nate Diaz, may have won over a lot of MMA fans, UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was not impressed.
McGregor, who gassed early in the fight, but was able to catch a second wind, was ultimately awarded a majority decision after two of the three judges cageside scored the fight 48-47.
During the Anik and Florian podcast, Eddie Alvarez even went as far as to say that Conor McGregor isn’t a championship fighter:
“HONESTLY, THE FIRST ROUND IT ALL LOOKED GOOD BUT I’VE SAID IT A MILLION TIMES, HE’S JUST NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTER. NOT A FIVE, 5-MINUTE ROUND FIGHTER. NEVER HAS BEEN, NEVER WILL BE. SOME GUYS CAN HAVE THE CHOPS FOR IT AND SOME GUYS DON’T. I’VE SAID IT FROM THE BEGINNING, I LOOKED AT HIM AS A THREE, 5-MINUTE ROUND FIGHTER AND THAT’S WHERE HE’LL BE, THAT’S WHERE HE SHOULD STAY. I THINK HE’S GOOD. I THINK ANYTHING PAST 8-9 MINUTES IT JUST STARTS TO LOOK SLOPPY AND LOOKS A LITTLE MESSY.”
“I’VE FOUGHT THE BEST GUYS IN THE WORLD…I LOOK UP TO A LOT OF THE GUYS I FIGHT. I SEE THEM AS SOME OF THE BEST GUYS. I TRY TO CHALLENGE MYSELF AGAINST THEM. BUT WHEN I BEAT A LEGIT GUY WHO I FEEL HAS TAKEN HIS TIME IN THIS SPORT AND IS A REAL FIGHTER AND THEN I GET DONE WITH THE FIGHT AND I GET ASKED ABOUT THIS IRISH DUDE IT’S REALLY KIND OF DISAPPOINTING TO ME…BECAUSE THE GUYS I’VE FOUGHT WERE WAY HIGHER CALIBER THAN THIS GUY.”