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Eddie Alvarez still stewing over performance vs. Conor McGregor: 'I f**ked up big time'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Four days removed from UFC 205, Eddie Alvarez is still beating himself up over getting beaten up by Conor McGregor.

Alvarez lost the UFC lightweight title to McGregor at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night via second-round TKO after a lopsided fight.

And he knows this fight was the one that got away. Appearing on the podcast You're Welcome with Chael Sonnen, Alvarez repeatedly trashed his own performance in New York City.

"I did something really foolish," Alvarez told Sonnen. "I f****d up big time."

Alvarez went into the fight with McGregor with a simple game plan: Circle away from the left hand and implement his wrestling. He did neither.

"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."

But he abandoned the plan after getting dropped the first time in the opening round and never got back to it.

"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 that, to Alvarez, is the worst thing about it. It's not like his coaches led him astray. Alvarez puts the loss entirely on his own shoulders.

"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."

Social media trolls who pop up after major fights and claim a bout was fixed are usually safely ignored, but Alvarez went so far as to say that he understands why people would think the bout wasn't on the level.

"I've been getting on my [social media] and I'm getting that I threw the fight," Alvarez said. "People are like ‘you threw the fight, you threw the fight.' I literally can understand the people's frustrations with me and them telling me that. When I watch the fight personally myself, I'm like, I did everything to lose this fucking fight. I did everything. I couldn't have done worse for myself. I don't know if it was because I got buzzed in the beginning of the fight. I can't really put my finger on it. I fumbled 10 times and you can't win the game fumbling."

Alvarez hasn't laid out any future plans yet beyond spending the holidays with his family before he gets serious again. That's well enough, since it's clear he's not yet past what went down in New York.

"I hope I can get a couple really good fights and get back into it. That wasn't a testament to who I am or how I fight, I have a bad night, a terrible night, a bad dream."