The biggest event in MMA’s history is about to go down at the legendary Madison Square Garden Arena. Records will be broken, titles will either be defended or won, and the fans will be treated to one of, if not THE most, stacked card ever when UFC 205 kicks off on Saturday night.

With an event of this magnitude, special treats are always in order, and what I typically do is gather picks and predictions from fighters and prominent personalities around the MMA community. Friends, I have not let you down. I come bearing the gifts you’ve become accustomed to.

As usual, I put out my mass text message to a select group asking them who they believe will win the Conor McGregor/Eddie Alvarez fight, and I have your results below:

Editor’s Note: Both the Cerrone/Gastelum and the Evans/Kennedy fights have been cancelled.

Chris Weidman, UFC Middleweight Contender

“Eddie with wrestling and pace”

Gegard Mousasi, UFC Middleweight Contender

“I think Conor McGregor is the better striker with more precision. He’s patient and picks his shots well. Eddie is a grinder that throws plenty of volume in order to land that one, big punch. Eddie’s a great wrestler and has good stamina, and is able to grind out fights. If the fight goes into the later rounds, I think Eddie has a much better chance of winning. If Conor sets the pace early, it’s going to be his fight, though. It’s very close, but I think McGregor can land that big shot. If he doesn’t make it happen in the first two or three rounds, it’ll be Alvarez’s fight.”

Tony Ferguson, UFC Lightweight Contender

“I feel both fighters should knock each other out because they both talk too much.”

Jim Miller, UFC Lightweight Contender

“Eddie. I think he’s too much of a grinder, and he’ll put the pressure on Conor from bell to bell. I see him finishing Conor in the later rounds. I’m thinking the fourth round.”

Jimmy Smith, Bellator Lead Commentator

“Eddie by late TKO (4th or 5th round)”

Jon Fitch, WSOF Welterweight Champion

“I’ve actually never seen either of them fight”

Ryan Bader, UFC Light Heavyweight Contender

“It’s a battle of who can impose their will. It’s a tight pick for me, but I would have to lean toward Eddie with his wrestling and “in your face” grinding style. If Conor can keep his distance, he will have a better shot.”

Eddie Bravo, Founder 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu

“They both have the punching power to knock each other out. I think it all depends on who lands the big shot first, but if I was forced to pick, I’d probably go with Conor.”

Tamdan McCrory, Former UFC Middleweight Standout

The kid from Philly is going to win it Rocky style. BOOM!”

Tommy Toehold, Cartoon Fighter

“Conor wins a decisive unanimous decision via suffocating wrestling and slick jiu-jitsu. Then he makes his big announcement: GSP is the new interim welterweight champion, and they’re fighting at UFC 207, which is now in Ireland.”

Ben Saunders, UFC Welterweight Fan Favorite

“I think Eddie is gonna come in with a great gameplan and use that veteran experience to pressure Conor by not giving him the space to create his own tempo. I see Eddie getting takedowns and being too much for Conor on the ground.”

Editor’s Note: Both the Cerrone/Gastelum and the Evans/Kennedy fights have been cancelled.


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