Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was disqualified in his recent fight against Iuri Lapicus. ‘The Underground King’ ended his 20 months-long hiatus from competition at ONE on TNT. However, it ended rather quickly and unexpectedly.
Alvarez faced ONE Championship’s former lightweight title challenger, Lapicus. ‘The Underground King’ was looking to secure his own shot at the belt with a win, but he will now be forced back to the drawing board to plot his way to promotional gold. After a quick takedown in round 1, Alvarez unloaded a barrage of punches on his opponent. The referee deemed those strikes illegal and ended the bout.
Alvarez was visibly heartbroken. Not only has the former UFC and Bellator champion added another loss to his record, but he has also now dropped two out of his three fights in the Asian organization. Despite the unexpected setback, Alvarez displayed his classy side in his post-fight interview as he appreciated the referee for his call.
Alvarez is looking to become a world champion in a third promotion, but will have to overcome young and hungry contenders to do so. Two defeats in his last three will not harm his legacy, but will surely prevent him from adding to it.
The setback against Lapicus has put Alvarez’s title aspirations in jeopardy. ‘The Underground King‘ joined the Asian promotion back in 2019 after he lost Dustin Poirier in the UFC. He kick-started his ONE career with a shock defeat to Timofey Nastyukhin, but submitted Eduard Folayang in his next fight to come back to winning ways.
However, his latest setback against Lapicus might be a big factor in deciding his next fight. Lapicus may want a rematch, and ‘The Underground King’ will want to avenge the DQ setback.
But despite being such a veteran, his decisions to land illegal shots during fights remain questionable. Illegal shots were the highlight of his rivalry against Dustin Poirier in the UFC. And ‘The Underground King’ has just added another chapter to that saga.
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