A former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez to fight Justin Gaethje at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit.
In his fourth UFC fight, Alvarez earns UFC lightweight title last year knocking out Rafael Dos Anjos. Later on that year November 12, 2016, at UFC 205 bout Alvarez made his title defense against Conor Mcgregor, which he lost Via TKO in the second round. Eddie has not looked much like the guy who made a name for himself by winning titles in every other major organization.
Recently speaking to MMA Hour, Alvarez said how he is preparing for his upcoming fight with Gaethje and how his lackluster performances in UFC have been the result of caring too much about the outcome.
“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.
“Any fans tuning in, my preparation purely for this fight, if I’m working anything every day, really hard, I’m working on just not giving a f**k so you might want to tune in for this fight.”
Eddie is out here saying he’s going to throw attention to the wind in the war at UFC 218. Gaethje whose fight style could also describe as “giving no f**ks.” Alvarez said he reminds me of myself.
“I respect the guy. He trains hard, he has a good strong mind, and he’s undefeated. . . He reminds me a bit of myself when I first started and I felt like I was unbeatable. I felt [that way] until I met that one guy. A lot of the things that he does and the way he approaches the game is a lot like myself and he’s just waiting in a couple months to meet that guy.”
Don’t miss out this one hell of an exciting fight between Eddie Alvarez and Gaethje on December 2 at UFC 218.