Alvarez: McGregor 'desperate' ahead of UFC 205 title fight

On last week’s UFC 205 media conference call, Conor McGregor said he is planning to toy with and retire Eddie Alvarez after he takes the Philadelphia native’s UFC lightweight title on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. “Mystic Mac” is predicting another first-round knockout.

Alvarez didn’t seem too bothered by the threats. But on the first episode of UFC 205 Embedded, Alvarez said McGregor’s comments about his family showed that McGregor may be doubting himself.

“At a certain point in our press conference call he got desperate and started talking about my wife and kids,” Alvarez said. “You don’t talk about another man’s family unless you’re through-the-roof pissed off. Just to see him cross that (line), it’s good for me. He’s already on tilt and we didn’t even get in the cage yet.”

RELATED: McGregor, Alvarez trade challenges, barbs before UFC 205 clash | UFC Minute: Fightin' words | McGregor obsessed with history; Alvarez plans to spoil party | Reasons to watch UFC 205 | Tickets

During the conference call, McGregor, who also appeared on the episode from New York City – where he arrived last week to begin final preparations for the fight – said Alvarez’s wife and kids won’t recognize him after the fight because of the way he’s going to “rearrange his facial structure.”

Along with his training partners and coaches, McGregor said he has put in hard work again for this camp and is ready to make history at UFC 205.

Alvarez had his final sparring session in the episode and gloated about his training: “We ain’t riding bicycles in here,” Alvarez said. The champion is referring to McGregor’s social media posts about his elite cardio heading into the fight.

Get one of the first glimpses of strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at her new home in Florida as she trains at American Top Team. Plus, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson all make appearances on this new episode of Embedded. Watch it at the top of the page.


Watch the Fight Night London post-fight press conference live following the event.
At the weigh-ins for Fight Night London, surprise guest Darren Till arrived with some big news. (There's still time to see Fight Night London; just head over to!)
In this preview of the latest episode of The Exchange, host Megan Olivi sits down with the one and only Khabib Nurmagomedov to talk about his upcoming bout at UFC 223 against Tony Ferguson and much, much more.
Watch the highlights from Friday's Fight Night London weigh-in, featuring main event fighters Fabricio Werdum and Alexander Volkov.