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Conor McGregor: Eddie Alvarez ‘panicking’ ahead of UFC 205

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Conor McGregor wasn't going to let barbs thrown at him by Eddie Alvarez go unchecked.

The UFC featherweight champion gave his view of the pair's first face-off from a week ago Thursday on FS1's "The Herd." Let's just say "The Notorious" wasn't impressed with what he saw from Alvarez's body language.

"When we came face to face initially, he stood on his tippy toes, he had a weird reaction, started making these funny faces, jerking his head side to side," McGregor said. "You can't hide these reactions. In that pressure moment when the fans are there, you cannot fake these moments. You can't hide them."

Alvarez told this week that McGregor was the "least intimidating man" he had ever met. "Herd" host Colin Cowherd asked McGregor about that and the brash Irishman brushed it aside.

"He's gotta say something to hype himself up," McGregor said. "In reality, all they do is talk about me. All they do is worry about me. His coach (Mark Henry) has been planning to fight me since way back."

McGregor, 28, will attempt to become the first UFC fighter to ever hold two belts from two different UFC weight classes at the same time Saturday in the main event of UFC 205 in New York. It's an historic show — the first ever for the UFC in New York City since the sport became legalized in the state back in April.

McGregor said he'll be hyped up for Thursday's press conference and Friday's weigh-in. But he'll be cold as ice Saturday. "The Notorious" is not sure Alvarez will be able to handle the mounting pressure of such a huge event.

"He's a guy that doesn't know what's happening," McGregor said. "He's panicking in there, he's trying to convince himself this is not what this is. But this is what it is and Saturday night he will find that out."