Eddie Alvarez knew Conor McGregor was going to stand in a Southpaw stance and throw a straight left. Everyone knew. But Alvarez was from Philly, where they know how to deal with Southpaws. Then Conor McGregor stood in a Southpaw stance and clowned Alvarez, knocking him down repeatedly with a straight left, before finishing it in the second.
That was at UFC 205 on November 12. On Saturday, Alvarez fights #9 ranked Dustin Poirier. During a recent appearance on The Luke Thomas Show, Alvarez discussed the best thing that came out of the experience.
“I think there’s a freedom in having your worst nightmare come true,” said Alvarez, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “As a fighter, your worst nightmare is to get knocked out in front of millions of people. That’s like the dream of waking up naked in your classroom. So getting that out of the way, there’s a freedom in it for me. I never thought it would happen. I never pictured it or visualized it ever happening to me and it happened. I realize after it happened, nothing changed. Nothing changed.
“My family’s still here, my friends are still here. I’m still the same person. Everybody just wants me to fight again and do well again. Nothing really changed. So there’s a freedom in it and if you haven’t experienced it then you won’t be able to feel the freedom that I have right now.”
Still, that was a hard earned freedom.
“Climbing back from the Nov. 5th fight was difficult,” conceded Alvarez. “I’d be lying if I told you, ‘Oh I just bounced right back off the mat.’ I needed some serious dusting off. I needed to forgive myself. I’m my own worst critic so I was very disappointed and pissed off at myself about Madison Square Garden. . .
“I sat around longer than what I would’ve like to. I would’ve like to just bounce back and just get over it already but it was difficult. It was difficult for me. I put a lot into this so it was difficult but we’re over it and I’m having a great time with training and enjoying myself.”