Eddie Alvarez went into his blockbuster UFC 205 title defense against Conor McGregor with a specific game plan, but as he puts it, he did something ‘foolish’, and it cost him big time, as he was knocked out in the second round by McGregor.
“I did something really foolish,” Alvarez told Chael Sonnen on a recent edition of the “You’re Welcome” podcast. “I f****d up big time.”
“The whole f****g plan, the whole plan of this whole fight, if we had to to sum up the whole plan it was go left and mostly wrestle,” Alvarez said. “Not wrestle all the time but go left and put him in wrestling exchanges and put him where he’s uncomfortable.”
Alvarez isn’t quite sure what caused him to stray away from his game plan, although it could’ve been one of the multiple big shots that the Irishman landed in the first round, but “The Silent Assasin” also admitted that he has ‘no clue’ what he was hit with:
“I don’t know if it was after I got hit that I kind of went into fight or flight mode,” Alvarez said. “But I got hit and I went right and I boxed, I did the opposite of my plan for eight minutes when the whole plan for two months in training was go left and mostly wrestle. … It might have landed on the back of my head. To he honest with you, that first shot, I had no clue what it was. I had no clue, and my butt was on the ground, and I remember in my head going ‘what the f*** was that?’ I have no clue what the shot that dropped me was but I think it was I threw and he threw at the same time.”
And what bothers the ex-champion most about his performance is that he has no one to put the blame on but himself:
“What bugs me about the whole thing is he didn’t do anything we didn’t prepare for, I have no one to blame but myself for that. That’s what kind of f***s me up about it and gets me angry, it would be easier if I could go back to my coach and be like ‘you son of a b*tch,’ you didn’t tell me this was going happen.’ We literally got ready for all this and there’s a difference between knowing and doing. We knew, but I didn’t execute.”
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