Former Bellator and UFC champion Eddie Alvarez had the worst possible ONE Championship debut.
His match up with Timofey Nastyukhin has left him badly injured and searching for answers. In a lengthy post on Instagram, Alvarez said he was “disappointed and confused” in his inability to pull the trigger, not just in Tokyo, but in recent fights.
“In this particular fight I waited too long for an opening and paid the ultimate price. The punch that hit me, instantly blinded me and split both eyelids in half,” he said.
“Honestly speaking how I fought my One Championship debut is not a reflection of my training my coaches, my team, it’s not even a reflection of my beliefs.
“I am sincerely disappointed and confused in my inability to not pull the trigger and my hesitancy on recent fight nights, it’s been quite confusing to figure out the past year or so. Coach Mark always stresses “hesitancy is death” and it’s not something that is even in my character to do.”
Alvarez said he will make adjustments and come back true to form. See the full post here, but a warning, the photos are graphic.