It’s no secret at this point that Conor McGregor was an exceptionally bad matchup for Eddie Alvarez. The combination of McGregor’s speed, accuracy, and punching power, combined with Alvarez’s somewhat open, right hand-heavy striking style was just made for Alvarez to get cracked hard at UFC 205. And he did... a lot.
By the time the fight was over, just halfway through the second round, Conor McGregor had knocked Alvarez down 5 times. For a fighter like Alvarez, who had only been TKO’d once in his long career - by Nick Thompson back in 2007 - such a definitive loss hasn’t been easy to swallow.
Alvarez detailed his thoughts on the fight and what went wrong in a lengthy post on Instagram:
“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”
The loss brings Alvarez’s overall career record to 28-5. No word on when the former UFC champ will be looking to get back in the cage, but from the sound of it it doesn’t seem like he’s going to be gone for too long.