Eddie Alvarez Releases Statement On Loss
Lost in all of the storylines following the UFC’s debut in Madison Square Garden was Eddie Alvarez, the heartbroken champion who lost his belt on the biggest stage possible. Days removed from the contest, Alvarez released a humble statement concerning what went wrong in the fight.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Alvarez first congratulated Conor McGregor and his team for their achievement. Then, the former lightweight champion discussed the details of the contest and is still taking the loss hard.
"As for my performance , the only thing I can honestly say was I f*cking blew it," he wrote. " … I did nothing I trained , I did the complete opposite of what we planned on a daily basis for 10 weeks."
Alvarez said that he and his coach Mark Henry created a gameplan that involved avoiding boxing exchanges and instigating his wrestling, as he did successfully against Anthony Pettis earlier this year. As viewers of the UFC 205 main event witnessed, that was not the gameplan Alvarez was able to execute in the fight. Though he shot a few takedowns, the contest was fought mostly at McGregor’s range.
"Instead I circled into his left hand and mostly boxed," Alvarez wrote. "Fighting the way I did was a for sure death sentence and the result was fitting. I say it all the time, there is really small margin for error at this level and I paid for my mistakes. I managed to make it to the biggest stage and audience in my long career and fucked it all up when I arrived. My heart sincerely hurts and when I dwell on it I fill up with regret and anger."
UFC 205 is trending to be one of the biggest shows in the company’s history, as it has already broken the UFC and Madison Square Garden’s gate records and looks to be the top pay-per-view. Alvarez will receive a larger paycheck for this fight than any of his previous contests, but for a competitor of his nature that is no consolation for a devastating loss.
"I thought in my head at least making a lot of money would make me happy but I am having a lot of trouble enjoying myself regardless of the check that’s going to be written," he said. "I am very uneasy and discontent for the most part.
"I have never defined myself off one win and I’ll never define myself off one loss, I simply had a bad night. I’ll have the opportunity again to have a good one and I’ll make the walk to see what I got every time."