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Morning Report: Eddie Alvarez says 'Conor McGregor is a scrawny, skinny Irishman who's about to get a beatdown!'

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UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has started letting the trash talk fly as his fight with Irish superstar Conor McGregor looms.

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As UFC 205 draws nearer, more and more microphones are getting put in front of UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez,  and he's ratcheting up his trash talk commensurately.

Alvarez is defending his lightweight title against the brash talking UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor this Saturday and, as is typically the case, McGregor has been full of bravado and confidence and predictions of first round knockout victories. These mind games are part and parcel of McGregor and have been an effective pre-fight tool for him in the past. But speaking recently with Damon Martin on the Fight Society podcast, Alvarez said McGregor isn't getting in his head at all.

"He's the least intimidating man I've ever met. The least. I've never been face-to-face with a man and my heart rate has not gone up or something I felt inside emotionally, that has never happened to me until I was on stage at the press conference at Madison Square Garden where I literally felt nothing. I felt the least threatened in my life...

"I'd be lying to you and the whole public if I told you Conor McGregor was the most dangerous opponent I've ever come up against... I'd be bald-faced lying to you. The opponent I had before him [Rafael dos Anjos] was much, much harder. He had many more dimensions and that's just how I feel."

This isn't a new position for Alvarez. The lightweight champion has maintained for a long time that McGregor just isn't as good as his previous opponents and is a limited fighter. Alvarez does admit that McGregor has some skills but alleges he's mostly just the product of hype and circumstance. When speaking with UFC Tonight, he doubled down on this assertion and predicted a dominant display for himself come Saturday night.

"I'm a fighter. I see what's real and I see what's not. I'm able to distinguish the talk from what's real. What I see in the octagon, I see a scrawny, skinny Irishman who's about to get a beatdown."

What he might also be seeing is his natural advantages. Alvarez is the reigning lightweight champion whereas McGregor has spent the majority of his UFC career at featherweight. Alvarez is also coming off the best performance of his career, a sensational upset TKO victory to take the lightweight title from Rafael dos Anjos. Still, on Saturday night "The Underground King" will be facing an offensive dynamo coming off the best performance of his own career, one who has predicted a first round KO win and one who has been remarkably prescient in many of his previous fight predictions. Despite "Mystic Mac's" proclivity for prognostication though, Alvarez is feeling the confidence of a champion.

"Most of Conor's talk, the majority of it, is self-talk. It's him trying to convince himself that he can do these things. I'm a fighter. No one's gonna do this stuff to me. No one has ever done it, no one ever will."

Eddie Alvarez defends his lightweight championship against Conor McGregor at UFC 205 on Saturday evening in Madison Square Garden.

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MUST-READ STORIES

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MEDIA STEW

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Embedded 2.

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Embedded 3.

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More Mac for you.

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TTTHS double dip.

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Not gonna happen.

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LISTEN UP

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Heavy Hands.

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Brit Pack

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Bushido

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TWEETS

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Pretty cool.

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If he was American, he'd end up being President one day.

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Lol.

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Good to see.

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Respect the hell out of this shotgun strategy right here.

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Kind of neat.

@TheNotoriousMMA getting fitted in the new #UFCNYC inspired fight gloves! #UFC205

A photo posted by ufc (@ufc) on 

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#california

A photo posted by natediaz209 (@natediaz209) on 

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Damn.

He's off the NYC card but HOLY SHIT @sugarashadevans at 195Lbs in this pic

A photo posted by Dana White (@danawhite) on 

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So when is he going to actually fight?

Mark my words #comegetit

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Rashad Evans (19-5-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (18-5)UFC 206, December 10.

Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1) vs. Mirko Cro Cop (32-11-2)RIZIN 3, December 29.

Shane Carwin (12-2) vs. Amir Aliakbari (3-0); RIZIN 3, December 29.

Tsuyoshi Kosaka (27-18-2) vs. Kaido Hoovelson (2-0); RIZIN 3, December 29.

Symon Bajor (16-6) vs. Valentin Moldavsky (4-0); RIZIN 3, December 29.

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2006: Matt Serra defeated Chris Lytle by split decision to win The Ultimate Fighter season four welterweight tournament and a shot at the UFC welterweight title. Travis Lutter also submitted Patrick Cote with an armbar to win the middleweight title shot. On the undercard Scott Smith scored one of the most exciting KO's in UFC history when he knocked out Pete Sell despite having his body crumpled up from a Sell punch to the liver.

2010: Urijah Faber made his bantamweight debut, submitting Takeya Mizugaki with a first round rear-naked choke at WEC 52.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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Sorry about the absence yesterday everyone. I was traveling for MMA Fighting and complications ensued. Back to business as usual.

Be good to each other and have the best day possible. See you tomorrow.

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If you find something you'd like to see in the Morning Report, just hit me up on Twitter @JedKMeshew and let me know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram and add us on Snapchat at MMA-Fighting because we post dope things and you should enjoy them.