Eddie Alvarez is ready to put his knockout loss to Conor McGregor behind him.
Throughout his notable MMA career, Eddie Alvarez has experienced some stoppage defeats. But none of them were as high-profile as his second-round knockout loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 205 last November.
The 33-year-old Philadelphia native has kept himself out of the limelight since that night. Now, after four months in the sidelines, he is slated to face top ten contender Dustin Poirier at UFC 211. And by the looks of it, “The Underground King” is already willing to put his most recent loss behind him.
“I had a bad night in November, and no problem,” Alvarez told Brian Stann on Sirius XM’s “Toe-2-Toe” (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I got back on the horse about six weeks ago, met back up with my coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, Mark Henry and everybody, and we formulated a plan to come back to take over the division that I believe is mine.
“It was a small chapter in my full book that will be my career. It was a disastrous chapter but now we get to write some new good ones.”
For Alvarez, fighting is no longer just about providing for his loved ones. After getting to reassess things from his recent loss, he says he has found more reasons to motivate him to continue fighting.
“I made a lot of money and I won a lot of world titles,” Alvarez said. “I really feel that right now is the time in my career to dig deep because in the past it was very simple to pinpoint a reason why: my children. I needed to do something for the people that are looking up to me.”
“So I found the last couple of months I needed to dig deep to find even more of a ‘why’ to move forward, although I’ve accomplished what I’ve accomplished. I’ve done that and I’m excited. I’m rejuvenated about the opportunity to get back into the cage and show what I’m made of.”
UFC 211 takes place on Saturday, May 13th, in Dallas, Texas.