Eddie Alvarez releases statement following loss to Conor McGregor

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez releases a statement on Instagram following his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 205.

Following a second-round TKO loss to UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez took to Instagram on Tuesday to release a statement. In his statement, Alvarez began with congratulating McGregor and his camp on the historic victory.

McGregor’s win made him the first ever UFC fighter to hold title belts in two different weight classes at the same time (featherweight and lightweight). Alvarez was defending the title for the first time since he won it against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90 during International Fight Week.

Alvarez did speak on his performance, saying he abandoned the game plan against McGregor, which was to “go left and mostly wrestle” but instead he “circled into his left hand and mostly boxed.” The former champion went on to say that fighting the way he did was a “death sentence” and the result was fitting.

In their fight, McGregor stopped all five of Alvarez’s attempted takedowns while landing 55 significant strikes to Alvarez’s 15 significant strikes landed.

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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The Philadelphia native was fighting close to home in NYC at Madison Square Garden in the UFC’s’ biggest event in history, although the upcoming money doesn’t seem to have eased his mind. Alvarez went on to say that no matter what amount of money he will receive for this fight, he is very uneasy and discontent for the most part.

A former champion in several promotions including DREAM, Bellator, and most recently the UFC, Alvarez said he won’t let the result against McGregor define him. Following the loss, Alvarez dropped to 28-5 in his MMA career and 3-2 inside the UFC.

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