Appearing on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Cerrone was asked about the UFC 205 main event match-up between McGregor and Eddie Alvarez for the latter’s lightweight championship, scheduled for Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Having previously defeated Alvarez at UFC 178, Cerrone knows what the incumbent champion is capable of, and believes that he has more than enough ability to derail his challenger.
“No, that’s not a good fight,” Cerrone said on the podcast. “Because Conor sucks. Yes (Eddie is going to beat him). Eddie is smart. He won’t get caught up in all of the dramatics of it. He’ll just go in there and take him down and wrestle him and submit him; easy work.”
One of McGregor’s greatest strengths lies in his mental approach. He’s a trash talker in the tradition of Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz, frequently rattling his opponents before they ever set foot in the Octagon.
Cerrone is familiar with such antics, admittedly having falling victim to the same approach by Nate Diaz. He now knows how to deal with it, and he believes that Alvarez does as well. The former Bellator champ isn’t going to be easy for McGregor to crack, setting him up for what Cerrone believes is an easy win.
“Conor is good at getting you emotionally involved. So, I think you just go out there, take him down, and end him quick. Check please.”
Cerrone’s belief that the title will remain with Alvarez comes in contrast to early betting lines which have McGregor as a slight favorite at -140 to the champion’s +110.
For his part, Cerrone has his own bit of business to attend to at UFC 205 when he takes on Kelvin Gastelum in a welterweight bout. With a victory, Cerrone could place himself in line for a 170-pound title shot, having already picked up three straight wins since moving up from lightweight at the start of this year.