Conor McGregor is in a tight spot with Dustin Poirier on July 10.
The Irishman is now 1-1 with Poirier in their trilogy, with McGregor winning in 2014 before losing the rematch in January.
McGregor may have lost that battle, but he has a chance of winning the war at UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
There’s no question the man is a box office sensation and much of it started with Jose Aldo’s 13-second knockout to win the UFC featherweight title, his first belt in the promotion.
But he took to a whole new level when he made history and became the very first double-weight champion. Eddie Alvarez was the man he took out to win the lightweight title and write this story and he says he was surprised Poirier knocked out McGregor.
However, he doesn’t give kicks in the legs as much credit as everyone else.
“I was surprised,” Alvarez told James Lynch. “I thought if the fight stood, Conor would have the advantage. But if you go back and look at my interviews, I made it clear, if there’s a way Dustin can make it happen, he absolutely has to put sprints on McGregor, and that’s how he ended up finishing it off.
“I feel like he put this sprint on him. Dustin does those sprints so well. They come in droves, like maybe a 20 second sprint, then he’ll go back to the box, then he’ll do another 20 second sprint.
“He started that sprint on Conor, made him panic, make mistakes, get his heart rate up, and he was able to finish. It was phenomenal. I was happy for him.
“If anyone in this division deserves that kind of success, money or praise, it’s Dustin. He’s put in his time, he’s fought the best guys and he’s starting to see the fruits of his labor.
We’re sure those sprints were aided by the fact that a pinned McGregor couldn’t escape Poirier’s attacks, but Alvarez’s point on Poirier’s cluster punches holds.
McGregor claims to be focused on the task at hand and very confident that he will get the victory he seeks next month.
It is widely believed that the winner will go on and challenge Charles Oliveria for the lightweight title.