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Alvarez statement after McGregor loss: I fucking blew it

The 32-year-old was beaten in Madison Square Garden in UFC 205 by Conor McGregor and has released a statement saying he blew his chance.

Conor McGregor fights Eddie Alvarez in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205
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Eddie Alvarez has released a statement following his defeat at the hands of Conor McGregor in UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden and says he "fucked up" on the biggest stage he has made it to in his entire career.

Making history

Alvarez was knocked down three times in the first round before the ref put a stop to the fight in the second as McGregor made history by becoming the first fighter to hold belts in two divisions at the same time in UFC history.

Congrats to Connor and his camp on an amazing accomplishment , these guys continue to deliver ,hats off to you fellas . As for my performance , the only thing I can honestly say was I fucking 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 . Thanx for listening -EA

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In the open and honest statement that was posted to instagram, Alvarez says "I managed to make it to the biggest stage and audience in my long career and fucked it all up when I arrived."

Gameplan out the window

The 32-year-old says his gameplan was to "go left and mostly wrestle" as McGregor's vulnerability on the map has been questioned in the past but instead, Alverez says, he circled to the Dublin-born fighter's left and tried to box with him, which is a bad strategy for any fighter in the world.