Eddie Alvarez may be booked to fight Benson Henderson in January, but the former Bellator champ hasn’t got over what went down in his UFC debut.
In Alvarez’s first trip to the Octagon at UFC 178, he took on the top ranked Donald Cerrone, and lost the bout by unanimous decision. The fight was an entertaining and memorable scrap, but Alvarez understandably isn’t happy about the loss.
While appearing on the latest episode of “The MMA Hour”, here is some of what the lightweight had to say about the defeat (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I put a lot into this. I put a lot of sacrifice into it,” Alvarez said, while discussing his career and the preparation he underwent for the bout. “I moved my family from Philadelphia to Florida. I put a lot of people through a lot of sacrifices. For me to go out there and be anything but perfect, I get angry if I’m not. I made a couple of mistake during the fight. I wasn’t able to compete the way I wanted to compete. I came up short. It definitely wasn’t the night and it wasn’t the stage to do it on. I was angry. I’m still angry. I’ll get it figured out. There’s a couple of small adjustments that need to be made. I’ll make them adjustments and I’ll win my next one, for sure.”
The 30 year-old went on to add that Cerrone did a “real good job” of sticking to his gameplan, and “executing” what he needed to do.
Not only that, but Alvarez denied that he had any Octagon jitters that night, and that in fact, maybe he should have “pumped” himself him up more for the fight…
Well, there’s no question that he’ll need to be at his best when he takes on Henderson, who may not be the finisher Cerrone is, but is a ridiculously well rounded fighter.
Alvarez is currently ranked #10 in the UFC’s 155 division, while the former champ Henderson is sitting at #5. The only other men who have defeated Alvarez since 2007, are highly regarded lightweights Michael Chandler and Shinya Aoki.
The two will throw down at UFC FN 59, which will be hosted by Boston’s TD Garden.