The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut of Eddie Alvarez didn't go as planned, as Donald Cerrone took it to him and walked away with a unanimous decision victory at UFC 178 back on Sept. 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While the former Bellator champion's first-ever showing inside the eight-walled cage was spoiled, it may have been a good thing for him.
According to Eddie, the fact that he knows what it feels like to lose again after not having done so since 2011, only lit a fire under him and gave him the extra motivation to go all out in his next training camp to assure himself a victory in his next contest.
A "pissed off" Alvarez explained on The MMA Hour:
"It was bad (dealing with loss). I've been fighting for a long time and I thought I knew how to deal with losing a lot better than how I dealt with it. For me, it's always good to lose every once in a while. I don't really care about winning, as long as I don't lose. It's good to get that feeling again, to get that fire, to get excited again to get back in there again and compete. It pissed me off a lot. So, I am going to have a lot going into this next one, a lot of motivation, a lot of fire for my next training camp."
Admitting he made a couple of mistakes during the fight that caused him to come up short, Alvarez is confident he won't be making the same errors when he steps foot back inside the Octagon.
And though Eddie didn't go into his fight against "Cowboy" with the intention of losing, he did reveal that he didn't exactly feel comfortable inside the Octagon. But now that his first fight (and loss) under the UFC banner is out of the way, he'll take a positive from it and says the setback only means good things moving forward.
He also assures everyone that he will not lose his next fight.
But who will it be against?