- Eddie Alvarez acknowledged Conor McGregor’s help but then realized he wasn’t sure if “The Notorious” was rooting for him
- McGregor had a face-off with Mike Perry at the event
BKFC 41 was a success, considering not only the card was stacked with big-name MMA stars but also the fans in attendance. Among those who stood out from the crowd was none other than UFC superstar Conor McGregor, who got Eddie Alvarez confused if he was there to back him or Chad Mendes.
A confusing but epic moment
McGregor was evidently hyped as he watched his former UFC foes go toe-to-toe inside the ring. At one point, “The Notorious” could be seen yelling and seemingly instructing Alvarez to throw an uppercut. Alvarez noticed it and did exactly what McGregor said and it landed nicely at Mendes.
In one clip, “The Underground King” was even spotted acknowledging McGregor’s help by pointing at the Irish MMA superstar.
Conor McGregor would be a tremendous cornerman. @TheNotoriousMMA pic.twitter.com/WHnzzso65v
— Tarkatawa (@AttarPratiwa) April 30, 2023
However, Alvarez admitted in his post-fight presser that he began to question who McGregor was really rooting for between him and Mendes.
“I thought he yelled uppercut for me to do it but I thought I heard, overheard that he was helping him [laughs] So, I think he’s playing both sides. I don’t know,” Alvarez said.
It can be recalled that Alvarez and Mendes both lost to McGregor in the UFC. McGregor dethroned Alvarez to become a two-division champion at UFC 205. He also TKO’d Mendes at UFC 189 to earn a featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo.
Eddie and Chad are going separate ways
In the end, Alvarez edged out Mendes in a hard-fought five-round battle and was declared as the winner via a split decision. It was Alvarez’s BKFC debut and he is planning to take on the biggest names in the sport soon. As for Mendes, he is likely to retire after going 1-1 at BKFC.
It is yet to be known if McGregor will also consider making a big switch to BKFC in the future but one thing certain is that his appearance at BKFC 41 was stunning. McGregor also made the most of it by having an intense face-off with Mike Perry, who TKO’d Luke Rockhold in the main event.