Eddie Alvarez had a lot to say following his defeat to Dustin Poirier
This sport takes no prisoners. It’s cold and harsh and will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about yourself. It’s just the way it goes. Eddie Alvarez lost to Dustin Poirier last Saturday after the referee stopped the fight after an illegal 12-6 elbow and restarted the fight with both fighters standing. It was the beginning of the end for Eddie and it resulted in quite a bit of controversy. Eddie has finally released a statement on the loss and shared it via Instagram. You can read it in its entirety below.
There are no grey areas in Fighting , one man will lose and the other will win , this is why I love this game . Controversial calls , judging , and fan support can always add to the drama but in the end 1 will stand and 1 will fall . Hats off to Dustin and his team he stayed calm under pressure and fought beautifully this makes us 1-1 . In no way will I judge Godard harshly , We have the same Job ! he has to make decisions in split seconds just like I do , and he makes them with my health and my opponents in mind . What’s done is done . As for Mark Henry calling for an elbow in the heat of the moment . An angled elbow is an incredible shot from the position I was in , it’s actually the only shot you can throw . We simply had a miscommunication, it happens in war more often than not , this was a case of “friendly fire” and we ended up on the losing end of this battle . But let’s remember Ricardo and Mark are also responsible for my UFC world title , and wins over some of the greatest fighters in the UFC , He’s the hardest worker on our team , obsessive, detailed , and pushes us all to understand the opportunity we have in front of is on a world stage . He’s my coach , friend , and Been a mentor of mine for longer than most of you know . Losing is never satisfying , I don’t lose often but when I do I grow the most as a person/fighter . Adjustments will be made , if anything this loss will add to the joy of my next Victory ! I want to thank my team , coaches , my family , and everyone who supports me in this journey . My family especially, the sacrifice falls on the back of my wife and our children . We experience great Joy in our victories and incredible Pain in our losses but our only other option is to avoid the experience and feel nothing at all . We are grateful to be able to fight every time the walk is made to the octagon , and anxiously awaiting the the opportunity to make that walk again . Thank you @ufc . I was brought here , not to win , but to entertain…. Are you not entertained ???? T.H.N.Q
Eddie is not only an amazing fighter, but he’s a good person. My favorite part of his post was this piece.
“In no way will I judge Godard harshly. We have the same Job! He has to make decisions in split seconds just like I do , and he makes them with my health and my opponents in mind . What’s done is done. As for Mark Henry calling for an elbow in the heat of the moment, an angled elbow is an incredible shot from the position I was in , it’s actually the only shot you can throw. We simply had a miscommunication, it happens in war more often than not.”