John Kavanagh explains similarities between Eddie Alvarez & Rafael dos Anjos
John Kavanagh explains similarities between Eddie Alvarez & Rafael dos Anjos | BJPenn.com
McGregor, who faces Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 this Saturday, where he hopes to capture the lightweight championship and become the first man in the history f the UFC to simultaneously hold two championship belts, was set to face dos Anjos in the main event of UFC 196 back in March for the lightweight title. Unfortunately, just two weeks before the fight, dos Anjos pulled out of the fight with a broken foot and was replaced by Nate Diaz, who ultimately handed McGregor the first loss of his UFC career.
Now, with McGregors fight with Alvarez just days away, the featherweight champions coach, John Kavanagh, believes that while Alvarez and Dos Anjos actually have some similarities, the current lightweight champ is an easier matchup He spoke to MMAJunkie:
I think Alvarez is a little bit more straightforward. Dos Anjos obviously has a world-class submission game on the ground. Alvarez is more basic on the ground. Hes just going to hold you there and throw some shots, whereas dos Anjos has very slick jiu-jitsu. In other respects, theyre both quite similar in that theyre both physically similar, and similar style. A couple punches, then try to get a takedown. But I think Eddie is slightly the easier fight because hes orthodox and doesnt have quite the submission game as dos Anjos.
In regards to McGregors extremely busy schedule, fighting three times this year, Kavanagh said:
Conor is best when hes kept busy like this. As long as theres no injuries stopping him competing, I think it actually works out for the best. If you take long breaks between fights, sometimes you can overthink things. Sometimes fighters who havent fought in more than a year and theyre nervous and not familiar with those feelings. Hes fighting every couple weeks so its very familiar, hes very comfortable backstage. Its actually worked out to be a blessing in the long run and hes had a lot more preparation for this lightweight title fight than he would have if he had gotten this (shot at a second title) last March. Its positive.
Only time will tell if McGregor is able to capture the lightweight title and make history on Saturday in New York.