Responding to some accusations of fight fixing, Alvarez talks openly about his loss to McGregor…
Coming in to UFC 205, Eddie Alvarez was actually a slight underdog. Although he held the lightweight title, the betting offices saw Conor McGregor as the favorite. As it turned out, there really was no contest.
During the UFC 205 main vent, the talent gap between the two men was obvious. Many had predicted a wrestling-heavy gameplan from Alvarez, but it just wasn’t there. Strangely enough, Alvarez had previously voiced frustration with fighters who chose to stand with McGregor.
Bad Night For Eddie
Opting to go with the gameplan he’d criticised heavily in the past, Eddie Alvarez had a very bad night. Conor McGregor simply picked him apart, snatching his second belt with a dominant TKO win.
Humbled yet still frustrated, Alvarez blamed himself for the crushing loss. Fans, however, have been a little more scornful in their reactions after UFC 205. Alvarez reveals he has been accused of throwing the fight against McGregor:
Fans Accuse Alvarez Of Taking a Dive
Speaking with Chael Sonnen during his most recent ‘You’re Welcome’ podcast, Eddie Alvarez talks openly about UFC 205. In the face of these accusations, Alvarez insists it was not a fixed fight:
“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 fucks 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 bitch,’ 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. 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 couldn’t have done worse for myself. I don’t know if it was because I got buzzed in the beginning of the fight. Can’t really put my finger on it. You can’t win the game fumbling.”
It’s easy to pass judgement on another person when you haven’t been in their shoes. In reality, Alvarez just took a beating from McGregor. Was it thrown? We can’t say 100 percent either way, but it’s far more likely he just had a bad day at the office.