Conor McGregor tore into UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez after their first press conference on Tuesday to discuss their fight at UFC 205 on November 12 at Madison Square Garden, in New York. McGregor, 28, ribbed Alvarez about him taking the fight off of his old contract with UFC rather than his new one, which meant that he’s not going to make the kind of money that he should be getting for facing a popular guy like him. Alvarez, 32, says he took the fight off of his old contract because he sees him as an easy fight.
McGregor has not looked good in his last two fights against Nate Diaz, both of which many MMA fans feel he lost. McGregor was stopped in the 1st round by Diaz at UFC 196, and then he got a controversial five round decision at UFC 202 in August of this year.
If Alvarez isn’t going to be getting big money to fight the most popular fighter in MMA, then it is pretty sad, because he should be getting top dollar to fight MCGregor, especially given that their fight is the main event on the UFC 205 card.
“He got it done by signing his last contract,” McGregor said. “He didn’t even negotiate new money for himself. Imagine that. Look at everybody up here. They’re all dressed like me. They’re all trying to talk like me. They’re all trying to be me. Everyone in the game wants this fight. This is the lottery fight. And this man took it on his last contract.”
It doesn’t matter how much Alvarez is getting for the McGregor fight. If he beats McGregor, then that’s all that counts. Alvarez has the chance to send McGregor skittering downward in terms of his career. He should have lost his last two fights. If Alvarez beats McGregor, then that will be two defeats in his last three fights. McGregor can try and put a spin on the results all he wants, but the facts would speak for themselves. He’s getting up there in age and starting to take losses one after another.
“Imagine that. Imagine getting the biggest fight in the game and [the UFC] saying, ‘Shut your mouth, kid, you’ll get paid what you did on your last fight and you’re lucky you’re getting that,’” said McGregor. “I thought it was very sloppy,” McGregor said about Alvarez’s recent win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night. “The shot selection was very, very poor. He got blessed. He got blessed with a lucky shot. His UFC career has been horrendous. He’s very, very lucky to be in the position he is. He understands that. That’s why he took this fight for the money he was on for the last fight. I mean, that says it all.”