Eddie Alvarez was completely dominated by Conor McGregor during their lightweight championship bout on Saturday. On his Instagram account today, Alvarez offered a succinct and depressing explanation for the loss:
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.
Losing a bout that you spent 10 weeks training for has to hurt no matter how it goes down, but it must feel so much worse when you don’t even come close to executing your game plan.
It’s no wonder then that Alvarez is feeling a little down. Later in his statement he describes himself as full of “regret and anger” and writes, “I am very uneasy and discontent [sic] for the most part.” Don’t ever let anyone tell you being a fighter is easy.