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McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh, who has worked with him for almost a decade, says he doesn't see personality traits within his star pupil that indicate he would walk away just because of financially stability.
"However with this one I was probably a little pushing for this contest because, like you said, history".
"Like I ain't the undisputed champion?" Alvarez has said since his fight first came about that McGregor was the easiest opponent he would face in the lightweight division. Like I haven't gone in there and taken out the whole division as early as a year ago. That conflict resulted in his removal from UFC 200. "Look, stay tuned to what I'm announcing, but don't be listening to people like that".
"I can see a similar fight to (Chad) Mendes (at UFC 189)", he said.
McGregor pushes himself in training, while strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk combines hydration with motivation.
But if McGregor wins the lightweight belt you have to wonder if Dana White would pull the trigger on Diaz-McGregor 3 after fans have already seen it twice this year. Taking the belt from Alvarez might be his sternest challenge to date, though, because the current 155-pounder has fought and defeated the best from around the globe during his illustrious career.
Finally, only a few short days from UFC 205, the final promo was released.
His last two fights - a defeat and a victory against Nate Diaz - were at welterweight.
"I do feel this is the icing on the cake that made it very tempting, because there's only one first".
"There were some times in the gym when I was walking in and he was walking out and I was kind of just nodding at him".
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Even now, the top of the 145-pound division is in disarray, with McGregor fighting at a higher weight and Aldo claiming he no longer wants to fight at all. "I've been worrying about things like that for years and in a way, it's good to not have to worry about it".
The bout also serves as another first for Evans, who grew up in Niagara Falls.