1 Championship’s run on primetime in the U.S. received off to a rather frustrating start off, with Eddie Alvarez (10-8) disqualified in the to start with round of his lightweight contest with Iuri Lapicus (15-1).
After a brief emotion-out approach to begin the combat, Alvarez shot inside for a takedown and was capable to drag the action to the canvas in the opening minute. Seated in the vicinity of the cage and with his opponent in a dominant position, Lapicus turned his encounter toward the fence, leaving only the again of his head uncovered. Alvarez threw a several ideal palms that landed to the base of the cranium – and Lapicus screamed out prior to slipping back to the canvas.
Referee Justin Brown instantly intervened as Alvarez turned to hammerfists. Subsequent a short second of confusion, Brown offered Alvarez with a crimson card.
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After the contact was manufactured, a clearly emotional Alvarez mentioned he believed the blows had been legal but apologized for the transgression and expressed issue for his opponent’s very well-currently being as he was carted off in a stretcher.
“You men place me in a cage,” Alvarez explained. “The referee, he’s in there. What ever connect with he would make, which is it. I apologize. I hope Iuri is Okay.”
One on TNT I took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium and aired live on TNT in the U.S.
One flyweight champion Adriano Moraes faces previous UFC champ Demetrious Johnson in the night’s major celebration, which is nevertheless to occur.