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UFC 205: Eddie Alvarez says Conor McGregor is a good fighter who lacks the will of a champion

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Despite being the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion, Conor McGregor seems to be lacking champiosnhip-caliber will to pull through a tough fight when the going gets tough.

That's according to Eddie Alvarez, who told Flo Combat that "Notorious" is a good fighter with technically sound skills, he isn't the type of fighter to gut it out in the face of adversity; especially in a five-round title fight.

Alvarez breaks it down:

"Technically, I think Conor's a good fighter. He probably does a lot of drills so technically he's sound, but for me, fighting after a certain point, technique doesn't matter in a championship fight. It comes down to will, it comes down to spirit and your willingness to win the fight. I think that's the main ingredient to what makes a champion and I think that's what he's missing. I honestly feel that's what he's missing. He's very technical, he's a clean good fighter for a round, round and a half, but when you get deeper into a fight we've all seen him in moments of adversity and it doesn't look good to me--it doesn't look like championship caliber. It doesn't look like someone who's willing to take a beating and get on that stool and come back out and give it back to the guy."

Conor has yet to go a full five rounds in a title fight due to the fact that he has yet to defend his strap after knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194 last December. Instead, Diaz has been invovled in back-to-back fights against Nate Diaz, losing the first via second-round submission.

"Notorious" got some get-back at UFC 202 a couple months back, a fight he won via unanimous decision after five full rounds of action. And while the first encounter with the Stockton slugger may have shown the weakness Alvarez is referring to, Conor erased all doubt in the rmeatch.

Nevertheless, Alvarez is out to prove his theory right when he defends his 155-pound strap in against Conor in the main event of UFC 205, which is set to go down on November 12, 2016 in New York.

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