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Eddie Alvarez releases statement on loss to Conor McGregor: ‘I f*cking blew it’

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Eddie Alvarez did not attend the UFC 205 post-fight press conference and has been relatively quiet since the weekend. On Tuesday, he took to Instagram to react to his loss to Conor McGregor.

The former lightweight champion wrote in the post that he completely abandoned his game plan and he's very emotional about having the opportunity on such a huge stage at Madison Square Garden and coming up well short. McGregor beat him to win the belt by second-round TKO and the fight was never competitive.

"As for my performance , the only thing I can honestly say was I f*cking blew it," Alvarez wrote. " ... I did nothing I trained , I did the complete opposite of what we planned on a daily basis for 10 weeks."

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, who was making his first title defense, said the game plan was to go left and "mostly wrestle." That's not what happened. Alvarez was dropped early by a McGregor left hand and then dropped again before the conclusion of the first round. McGregor finished in the second with a wicked combination.

"Instead I circled into his left hand and mostly boxed," Alvarez wrote. "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."

With the victory, McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold two titles in two different weight classes at the same time. "The Notorious" is also the featherweight champion.

The bout was the most lucrative of the 32-year-old Alvarez's illustrious career. He likely made more than a $1 million for the UFC's first event in New York City. But that doesn't seem to matter to him right now.

"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 that's going to be written," Alvarez said. "I am very uneasy and discontent for the most part."

"The Underground King," who has been a champion in multiple other organizations, vowed to come back from this.

"I have never defined myself off one win and I'll never define myself off one loss, I simply had a bad night," he wrote. "I'll have the opportunity again to have a good one and I'll make the walk to see what I got every time."