Eddie Alvarez has revealed he did opposite to what he had planned to do on a daily basis for 10 weeks against Conor McGregor, which resulted in a defeat at UFC 205. The two fighters faced each other at a historic debut at Madison Square Garden on 12 November, which was won comfortably by the Notorious.
The Irishman, who is the featherweight champion went into the octagon to face the 32-year-old for the lightweight title. He defeated Alvarez in the second round where he used a combination of punches to finish the fight.
McGregor created history after he became the first fighter in the history of UFC to hold two titles at the same time. Alvarez went on to congratulate his last opponent on his success and expressed disappointment over failing to retain the lightweight title.
The Philadelphia-born fighter pointed out that there are a series of errors one should avoid while facing McGregor and suggested that he did all of that in New York.
"Congrats to Conor and his camp on an amazing accomplishment. These guys continue to deliver, hats off to you fellas," Alvarez posted on his official Instagram account.
"As for my performance, the only thing I can honestly say was I f****** blew it,' he added. 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," he said in a lengthy post.
"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 f***** 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," he continued.
Alvarez also said: "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 cheque that's 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 every time. Thanks for listening," he concluded the post.