That just happened. That’s what Eddie Alvarez told his wife after dethroning UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90 last weekend.
Alvarez entered the title fight against dos Anjos as an underdog, and left as the new UFC lightweight champion. Facing arguably the toughest test of his career, the 32-year-old fighter put on one of the best performances he’s ever had, stopping dos Anjos in the first round. Alvarez attributes that “phenomenal” performance to something few fighters ever mention: fear.
“When I look back on my career and I told people going into this fight, whenever I get a guy that everyone is high up about, that he’s really dangerous, that he’s killing opponents, I usually knock those guys out,” Alvarez said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “It has nothing to do with me being good or me having a certain technique, I get scared. I literary get afraid to the point where my body reacts in ways that it just makes for phenomenal performances.
“So in the past, I always wanted guys that are super dangerous because my body responds in ways that surprise myself. And I’ve always done that especially against southpaws. Every southpaw I ever fought mostly, I think were my most vicious knockouts of my career, so dos Anjos was that guy. That’s why I said he probably shouldn’t be real violent with me the way he was with Pettis and these other guys because I respond differently when people attack me like that, and I think it’s because I’m a little afraid to be honest with you.”
Alvarez doesn’t consider fear as a sign of weakness. Instead, he embraces it, and uses fear to become a much more dangerous fighter inside the cage.
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