Eddie Alvarez Not Sure He Will Ever Train Conor McGregor

Published 03/18/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
Las Vegas , United States – 6 October 2018; Conor McGregor prior to facing Khabib Nurmagomedov in their UFC lightweight championship fight during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Eddie Alvarez has been one of the best lightweights of recent times. The former UFC and Bellator MMA champion has fought some killers during his career. However, his most famous opponent to date has been Conor McGregor. ‘The Notorious’ provided arguably the best performance of his UFC career in their fight at UFC 205.

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When asked if Alvarez would ever train his former opponent, ‘The Underground King’ seemed unsure of his response. When speaking with James Lynch, Alvarez said, “I couldn’t say if there was if there was a heavy dollar amount. I just don’t like personally.”

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I don’t like- I like like being in someone’s camp and helping them like when I’m getting ready for a fight or being in a camp, I enjoy that. But I don’t like taking the role of like, having the allocation of like someone else’s win or loss depend on pain. It’s- it’s the same as a fight for me. And sometimes, if I’m not fighting, I just don’t feel that way anymore,” he added further.

It’s understandable why ‘The Underground King’ has been reluctant about training someone. Whenever a fighter loses, his training partners and coaches are also on the receiving end of rage from the fans. And with a name like McGregor involved, the issue becomes much more prominent. So, one can understand his misgivings.

However, it would have been fascinating to see the duo train together. Alvarez could help McGregor with his wrestling pedigree and improve his overall abilities. ‘The Notorious’ can certainly enrich Alvarez’s striking arsenal with a trick or two of his own.

Was Conor McGregor at his best when he fought Eddie Alvarez?

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Alvarez has been a true veteran of the sport, who has been in there with some of the greatest fighters of all time. However, he has never looked as clueless as he looked in his fight against McGregor. ‘The Notorious‘ seemed just too good to handle.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 04: Conor McGregor poses for cameras following a press conference for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM on October 04, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 06 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

The Irish fighter put on a striking clinic on ‘The Underground King’, and subsequently went on to become the first simultaneous double champion in the UFC. One might argue it was his best performance to date.

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What did you make of Alvarez’s latest claims of training with McGregor? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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