He said it was going to be done from the moment he entered the UFC but in the end, it took Conor McGregor little more than eight minutes to seize the UFC Lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in the main event of the most anticipated mixed martial arts card ever assembled.
In doing so, and on the 23rd birthday of the organisation, McGregor became the first dual champion in the UFC’s history – an accomplishment which isn’t lost on his defeated opponent and Eddie Alvarez has taken to his Instagram to offer his congratulations to McGregor and his camp for their record-breaking achievement.
“Congrats to Conor and his camp for an amazing achievement. These guys continue to deliver, hats off to you fellas”, Alvarez wrote.
“As for my performance, the only thing I can honestly say is I fucking blew it. I did nothing I trained. I did the exact opposite of what we trained on a daily basis for 10 weeks.”
“To sum up our plan in a sentence it ‘Go left and mostly wrestle’. Instead I circled to his left hand and mostly boxed. Fighting the way I did was for sure a death sentence and the result was fitting. I say it all the time, there is a really small margin for error in this sport and I paid for my mistakes.
“I managed to make it to the biggest stage and audience in my long career and I 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 is a list of what not to do against an opponent of this nature then I did them all on Saturday.”
The former champion wasn’t given the slightest opportunity against McGregor last weekend. The then-champion was dropped several times in the opening minutes in a performance that has been hailed as among the most impressive in UFC championship history.
Alvarez’s wrestling-heavy strategy, which he had perceived by his camp as being the key to defeating McGregor, was entirely nullified by his inability to close the distance and get within grappling range of the Irishman. However, McGregor’s footwork and movement meant that anytime Alvarez attempted to get close to his opponent he was met with a barrage of strikes.
And, as McGregor himself would say, no one can take that left hand shot.
You can read Alvarez’s full statement below.
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