Eddie Alvarez’s long-awaited return to cage ended in controversy on Wednesday night in his first fight in ONE on a TNT ticket from Singapore.
After 20 months of layoffs, the former UFC champion must face ONE lightweight challenger Iuri Lapicus in a punch that could push Alvarez to his own gold shot in promotion in Asia. But Alvarez will return home with a loss of qualification on his record after Lapicus was unable to continue after a punch that the referee had deemed illegal.
The end came swiftly in the opening round after Alvarez seized the capture and began unloading with a Lapicus attack on the ground.While Lapicus turned his head to avoid a shot, Alvarez continued to unload him. As he looked for the finish line
Unfortunately, Lapicus grabbed the back of his head as he fell to the mat as the referee paused the action while warning Alvarez to land in an illegal sight. Alvarez disagreed that his shooting was illegal. But after Lapicus was unable to move on, the referee raised a red card, meaning his disqualification from ONE Championship.
Iyuri turned his head away and the judges warned me. ̵6;Eddie upside down,’ Alvarez explained after the punch. “You see me take my head and I start putting his head on my fist. You will see on the tape When the referrer warned me, I took my head and pushed Iuri to the side of the fist it was about to come. On top of that, I felt that as long as I hit my ear at some point it was legal. ”
“The referee is here, whatever he calls, that’s a call. I’m sorry. I hope Iuri is fine because this game is very dangerous. What I am worried about is that everyone in here is sincere, safe and able to return home to their family when they are finished. Now, I am praying for Iuri. “
There were no further updates on Lapicus’ condition after the battle stopped.
It was a difficult ending for Alvarez, who was looking for the first ONE Championship card in prime time in the United States in a spectacular fashion. But he will return home with the loss of Lapicus’ qualification in his stats.