Poker pros Olivier Busquet and JC Alvarado clashed in an MMA bout last night, with Busquet coming away with a third-round victory. He got Alvarado on the canvas and proceeded to pound his face until the fight was stopped.
Six months ago, when the two agreed to fight back in October, this result would have been a huge surprise. After all, Alvarado has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2011, while Busquet never had any martial arts training in his life. Given his experience, Alvarado had to wager $150,000 against Busquet’s $120,000 in this prop bet.
Olivier was able to catch up to his opponent, though, after six months of intense training that saw him lean up and come into the bout very muscular. He was definitely the heavier fighter at 187.5 pounds, versus Alvarado weighing in at 165 pounds.
There were plenty of side bets on the action too, with poker pros like Dan Colman and Jason Mercier putting up big money. Those who wagered on Busquet were pleased to see him off to a strong start, landing hard strikes on Alvarado in the first round. At one point it looked like he could end the fight early, but Alvarado staved off the assault.
The second round began with back-and-forth action, before they went to the ground and Alvarado attempted a triangle. Busquet fought it off and had a nice ground-and-pound sequence that was interrupted by the ref for back-of-the-head strikes.
The third round featured more stand-up fighting before Busquet got a double-leg takedown. Alvarado tried some different submission attempts, but got nowhere. This opened the way for Busquet to do more ground and pound, leaving Alvarado bloodied and out of the fight.
Once the third round ended, Alvarado’s corner decided that he’d had enough and threw in the towel. Below you can see some live footage of the fight, courtesy of PokerNews.