Eddie Alvarez Believes he “Cared a Bit Too Much”, After Joining UFC
By FCF Staff
As Eddie Alvarez prepares for his seventh, UFC bout, the decorated fighter says he may have worried too much about making a big splash, when he signed with the promotion.
Alvarez is getting ready to face Justin Gaethje at UFC 218, which will take place on December 2nd. The bout will be his third, since Alvarez lost the lightweight title to Conor McGregor last December.
“In my mind, I’m just looking, for myself, I just don’t feel like I’ve fought my best fight in the UFC yet,” said Alvarez. “I feel like I’m having a moment now where I want to say that I’m not giving a f**k and I feel like the less I give a f**k, the better I fight. I think I cared a bit too much, even in my title fight which I won, I just cared a little bit too much and I didn’t risk enough. I just want to approach the game where I really just don’t give a f**k. I think I fight better that way.
“I think when I entered the UFC [I started caring too much]. There was a big thing, could I compete with the best guys in the world? Could I compete with the guys in the UFC? There was that whole stigma that the guys from the smaller promotions couldn’t hang with the best guys in the UFC so I just let my surroundings and the things I was hearing affect the way I was fighting. It made me focus more on winning than on being me. I was so worried about winning and proving people wrong that I could win the UFC world title, [but] when you get focused too much on winning I don’t feel like you’re able to be your total self. I do better when I care less…”
UFC 218 will take place at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, Michigan.