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Alvarez predicts second-round submission against McGregor

UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, left, and featherweight champion Connor McGregor, right, pose for photos during a new conference for UFC 205, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in New York. McGregor and Alvarez will headline the first UFC card to be held in the state since the state legislature legalized the sport earlier this year. UFC 205 is scheduled for Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Eddie Alvarez isn’t about to sit here and let “Mystic Mac” make all the predictions for UFC 205.

Confident heading into the first defense of his lightweight championship in New York, the 155-pound titleholder looks at Conor McGregor’s only loss as inspiration for how he expects the fight to go down.

“I think we do it under the nine-minute mark,” Alvarez told FOX Sports. “Big, big heavy shots, he goes down and then submission.

“I can see it ending much like the [Nate] Diaz fight where I land the heavy shot and then I finish with a submission.”

As Alvarez noted, McGregor suffered defeat against Diaz at UFC 196, starting off strong before fading heavily in the second round of the contest. McGregor rebounded with a majority decision victory in a rematch against Diaz five months later.

McGregor’s latest victory won’t cut it for Alvarez, however, who thinks the featherweight champion lacks a certain quality inside the cage.

“From what I’ve seen in the past and what he’s done in the past, (his heart) is very questionable and I’m not the only one who’s questioned it,” Alvarez said. “I think he has quit in him and I think it takes a tad of adversity and him to get into a little bit of a fight to pull it out of him.

“On November 12, I’m going to pull it out of him and I’m going to show it to millions of people and the crowd. Everybody’s going to see it. We’re going to reveal the quit.”

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