Eddie Alvarez has proven once again what an admirable figure he is and in a recent episode of the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter he managed to outdo himself with a genuinely touching anecdote about his UFC 205 loss to Conor McGregor.
Defeat can often be a bitter pill to swallow, no matter what the setting, but for the former UFC lightweight champion, his greatest loss came on the biggest stage possible as the ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor outclassed him on what was the most important night in the sport’s history before TKO’ing him in the second round.
Alvarez recently made it into the headlines over on Irish soil after it emerged that he had kept his promise to visit a young GAA player who had experienced a horrible tragedy in recent times and, in truth, has been shown nothing but genuine class at every time of asking since his lopsided defeat back at UFC 205.
Now, Alvarez finds himself thrust into a coaching role opposite the promotional newcomer Justin Gaethje on this season of The Ultimate Fighter but despite his clear label as a fighter through and through, Eddie found a moment recently to engage in a genuinely touching moment with one of his teammates, Ariel Beck, who had just suffered a panic attack, one where the former 155lb kingpin gave some pretty honest insight into losing and the fight-game.
“Hey, it’s fighting, it’s normal. This is not a normal thing. Understand that this is not normal what we do Ariel, when normal people see confrontation like this they walk the other way. That’s what separates us from normal people.
“I recently I had my worst nightmare come through. I got knocked out in front of millions of people in a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden.
“I thought about this moment, that this was a nightmare that you would think about for the rest of your career, then it happened to me and guess what happened afterwards the next day? Nothing, everyone was still there, my family were there, my kids were still there. Nothing, it’s all built up. This is why it’s so exciting, we go up, we go down, or else it would be no fun.”
It’s a TUF speech for the ages no doubt and a real insight into the type of fighter, the type of man and the type of champion that Alvarez is, something the fans no doubt will realise the more they are exposed to him over the course of this season’s run.
Eddie Alvarez recalls his experience and how he got over losing to Conor McGregor on the big stage with Ariel Beck. https://t.co/6MSVBEP80R
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Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena