Eddie Alvarez is still reeling after his second round TKO loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 205 last week.
Alvarez discussed the fight during a podcast with Chael Sonnen and didn’t mince words with how he felt about his performance. “I f—ed up big time,” he said. “The whole f—ing plan, the whole plan of this whole fight, if we had to to sum up the whole plan, it was go left and mostly wrestle. Not wrestle all the time, but go left and put him in wrestling exchanges and put him where he’s uncomfortable.”
He laments deviating from the strategy he and his coaches prepared for this fight and took full responsibility for the loss. “What bugs me about the whole thing is he didn’t do anything we didn’t prepare for,” he said. “I have no one to blame but myself for that. That’s what kind of f—s me up about it and gets me angry. It would be easier if I could go back to my coach and be like ‘you son of a bitch, you didn’t tell me this was going happen.’ We literally got ready for all this and there’s a difference between knowing and doing. We knew, but I didn’t execute.”
He also accepts the criticism he has faced since the fight and sympathizes with those who feel he deliberately lost the bout. “I’ve been getting on my [social media] and I’m getting that I threw the fight,” Alvarez said. “People are like ‘You threw the fight, you threw the fight.’ I literally can understand the people’s frustrations with me and them telling me that. When I watch the fight personally myself, I’m like, I did everything to lose this f—ing fight. I did everything. I couldn’t have done worse for myself. I don’t know if it was because I got buzzed in the beginning of the fight. I can’t really put my finger on it. I fumbled ten times and you can’t win the game fumbling.”
Alvarez plans to take some time off and enjoy the holidays with his family before getting back into the Octagon next year.
via MMA Torch