Eddie Alvarez’s long-awaited debut for ONE Championship did not go precisely as he deliberate.
The previous Final Preventing Championship (UFC) Light-weight champion of the world confronted Timofey Nastyukhin within the opening spherical of the promotion’s Light-weight Grand Prix earlier right now (Solar., March 31, 2019) on the ONE Championship “New Period” occasion in Tokyo, Japan.
From the soar, Alvarez — who has a deep fan base in “The Land of the Rising Solar” — could not appear to pop off a lot offense, however did handle to land a clear proper hand on his opponent, although it did not do an entire lot to rattle him. Content material with staying on the toes and buying and selling punches, Alvarez was finally clipped with a left hook that momentarily surprised him. Sensing the tip coming, Timofey pounced on “The Underground King” and unleashed a barrage of strikes that pressured Alvarez to crumble to the mat and the referee to step in and put and finish to the punishment.
The defeat is Eddie’s second straight knockout loss — shedding to Dustin Poirier in his earlier bout — and takes him out of the ONE title image in the interim. That stated, Alvarez could have ample alternatives to gather a world title with the promotion after inking a long-term contract final yr.
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