Neither Conor McGregor nor Eddie Alvarez has fought since November 12th and their battle over the UFC lightweight title at Madison Square Garden.
After that fight, the victorious McGregor announced that he planned to take a break from competition as he awaited the birth of his first child, while Alvarez took some time off to lick his wounds, process a brutal second-round stoppage defeat and come to terms with the loss of his title.
On Friday night, McGregor and longtime partner Dee Devlin welcomed Conor Jack McGregor Jr. into the world at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin. Junior’s arrival was confirmed by the fighter’s father, Tony, on Saturday.
On Monday, Alvarez, who makes his return to the octagon to face fellow former McGregor victim Dustin Poirier in Dallas at UFC 211 this Saturday, was asked by TMZ if he had any advice on fatherhood for his one-time foe. Alvarez, a father of four, was all class in response.
“[Laughs] Oh man. Oh man. I got no advice, man. He is doing quite well, man,” said Alvarez. “I think he is going to do a good job. If he puts 10% of the effort into his child as he does fighting, I think he is going to do damn good. So I wish him the best of luck.”
“It’s very terrifying,” Alvarez said of fatherhood. “You are just not sure how you’re going to do. There is no real book for it, you just got to do it and hope that you’re the right person to be a Dad. I’ve been a champion, I’ve been a lot of things, I’ve had no better success…nothing better in my life than being a Dad. That’s my biggest success I’ve had so far.
You can watch the full interview, in which Alvarez also talks about the Poirier match-up, below…