As the old adage goes, “Time heals all wounds.” Apparently, three days and a the biggest payday of Eddie Alvarez’s (picture) life aren’t enough to heal the wounds left when UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor blasted him at UFC 205 to take the lightweight title.
Leading into Saturday’s showdown, many expected Alvarez to use his wrestling skills in order to neutralize McGregor’s left handed bombs. However, Alvarez, like other opponents before him, were sucked into a standup battle with the lethal Irishman. And just like nearly everyone before him, Alvarez found himself on the wrong end of a highlight reel TKO loss.
“Congrats to Connor and his camp on an amazing accomplishment , these guys continue to deliver ,hats off to you fellas,” Alvarez wrote in an Instagram post on his verified account. “As for my performance , the only thing I can honestly say was I f*cking blew it … I did nothing I trained , I did the complete opposite of what we planned on a daily basis for 10 weeks . To sum up our plan in a sentence it was “Go left and mostly wrestle ” instead I circled into his left hand and mostly boxed . 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 . If there was a list of what not to do against an Opponent of this nature I did them all on Saturday . I am disappointed in myself and this is not a reflection of my coaches , training Partners , and the endless hours of training I commit to this sport . Every Time I get into the cage I negotiate being vulnerable and possibly embarrassed against the opportunity to do something great and Grow more . I always choose the latter regardless of the uncomfortability and anxiety it brings to me , I think this choice is the only reason I ever succeeded in the first place.
“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 thats going to be written , I am very uneasy and discontent for the most part . I am lucky to have my wife and my child at a time like this to help me laugh and smile and let me know everything’s gonna be all right , they are my saving Grace , without them I am a shell of a man . Besides the outcome I thoroughly enjoyed fight week and the lead up , it was a lot fun . 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 Everytime.”
Alvarez was dropped by McGregor three times in the opening round, but managed to survive the assault before finally getting put down in the second with McGregor’s trademark left hand.
McGregor fulfilled his promise of becoming the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two different titles. UFC president Dana White previously said McGregor would have to relinquish one of the belts if he beat Alvarez, but McGregor, who appears to be calling the shots, has been steadfast in his desire to retain both crowns.
Not only that, it appears McGregor has his sights set on Tyron Woodley’s welterweight belt. The two got into a heated Twitter war this weekend prior to Friday’s UFC 205 weigh-ins.