When Eddie Alvarez puts his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title on the line tomorrow night (Sat., Nov. 12, 2016) against Conor McGregor at UFC 205 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y., skill is the only thing that will matter. Either McGregor's elite striking will shut Alvarez's lights off or Alvarez will dismantle the Irishman with pressurizing ground-and-pound.
But before the hand-to-hand combat ensues, Alvarez and McGregor have mixed it up verbally. The two went toe-to-toe on stage yesterday (Thurs., Nov. 10, 2016) for UFC 205's pre-fight press conference (watch here) and continue to trade barbs in the media. Most recently, "The Underground King" took a personal shot at McGregor while discussing his days as a welfare dependent.
"You were on welfare bra. You ain't no man, you took welfare," said Alvarez during a recent interview with FOX Sports after McGregor insisted that he's the definitive UFC cash cow. "Don't you talk about money. You took money from single moms, single moms go on welfare.
"Don't talk about money. Keep your mouth shut when you talk about money."
McGregor really didn't have much to say. The UFC featherweight champion has publicly stated before that he was collecting welfare in Ireland before his fighting career truly took off, so this comment by Alvarez has to hit home. Years later, McGregor has put that chapter of his life behind to become the highest-grossing fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) today.
While Alvarez can chirp all he wants, and he's done more chirping than most people might have thought, McGregor certainly puts his money where his mouth is. At UFC 205, one of these champions will fall.
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