As Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor prepares to face the current lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden, New York on 12 November, the war of words has stated.
Alvarez, who is also known as "The Silent Assassin" has explained how he is planning to replicate what Nate Diaz did at UFC 196 to beat McGregor during the UFC's historic debut in New York next month.
McGregor has lost only three fights in his mixed martial arts career with the last defeat coming against Nate Diaz in UFC 196 this March. However, the Irishman got his revenge when he won against Diaz at UFC 202 in August.
Alvarez has claimed that the fight is unlikely to be concluded in the first round at UFC 205, but remains confident that he will beat McGregor in the similar fashion Diaz got the better of him earlier this year in Las Vegas.
"I think we do it under the nine-minute mark. Big, big heavy shots, he goes down and then submission," Alvarez said during an interview with Fox Sports.
"I can see it ending much like the Diaz fight where I land the heavy shot and then I finish with a submission."
Alvarez earlier admitted that he is focused to prove that McGregor does not have a heart to stand toe-to-toe with the Philadelphia-born fighter. The UFC 205 is set to make a historical debut in New York City as the fight returns to the state for the first time since 1995.
The promotional video for the fight has already been released, where McGregor vs Alvarez will be the focus of the main event. There will also be two other title clashes at Madison Square Garden on 12 November. Should McGregor beat Alvarez, he will win the title and become the first fighter to hold two titles at the same time.