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UFC 205: Pros predict Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

NEW YORK — Conor McGregor has a chance to make history Saturday night. It's a rarity that the UFC allows a champion in one weight class to move up (or down) and challenge for another belt. But that's exactly what is happening here.

McGregor, the UFC featherweight champ, will meet lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in a true-to-life superfight. It hasn't been called that very often in the lead-up to this one, but it is.

It's also a monumental headliner on a ridiculously stacked card (perhaps the best ever) in an historic setting. The UFC has never run a show before in New York City. The sport just got legalized in the state for the first time since the 1990s back in April.

So what McGregor and Alvarez are doing is special, for a number of reasons. That begs the question: who is going to win? The victor will truly earn all the spoils — they'll be remembered forever, like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, and all the others who fought at MSG.

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We asked the other UFC 205 fighters that very question: Who ya got? Alvarez or McGregor?


Raquel Pennington: Every fight, I've always been kind of like, ‘Everybody except for McGregor,' but I think I'll just choose McGregor for this one. I'll just make it simple.

Katlyn Chookagian: I've got Eddie. He's fought everyone, all over the world. This isn't a big deal for him. He's just not gonna get distracted by that and I just think he's more well-rounded, especially training with Mark Henry. He's gonna be on point about everything.

Kelvin Gastelum: I've underestimated Conor every time. I don't know if I'm believing the hype. When I think he's gonna go out there and lose, he goes in there and wins. Not to take anything away from Eddie — I think Eddie is the best lightweight in the world — I just think somehow, some way that slick Conor is gonna get it.

I don't know why I've underestimated him. Maybe because his personality is not one to my liking.

You've gotta respect what he's done. You've got gotta respect the guy.

Frankie Edgar: I'm obviously riding with Eddie. I think Eddie is gonna stop him in the third. I'm not too good at predictions.

Thiago Alves: The only way I see Conor winning is by a lucky punch if Alvarez gets sloppy, he might catch him with a left hand. If the fight drags on, it's gonna be a bad night for Conor.

Belal Muhammad: I honestly think that McGregor is gonna go in there and finish him. I think he's seen Alvarez's style a lot. Alvarez is one of those guys that moves forward all the time. He's a wrestler. I don't think he's that good of a wrestler, but he's a wrestler. And McGregor has seen them so much that he's gonna be comfortable, and I think he's gonna catch him with a left.

You see a lot of people even talking, like ‘I don't want to be around him.' He seems cool to me, man. He's funny.

You have a lot of haters. There's always gonna be haters no matter what. You see a guy making more money than you, a guy that's sitting there portraying himself the way he does, but I mean he got to that level because of the way he acts. You can't hate on a guy for that. The dude is making money That's his family. He's making money for himself, making money to better himself. You can't hate a guy for talking, because that's what's getting him there: talking.

Tim Boetsch: Honestly, that's one of those fights that can go either way. Alvarez, he's one of those guys that I really admire as a fighter. He's just a gritty guy that's willing to do whatever it takes to win. Conor always has a good game plan. If he's able to execute his game plan, he's dangerous and very tough to beat. It's just a matter of who gets in there and imposes their will. That's a fight I'm very excited to see.