Eddie Alvarez’s recent DQ loss has since been amended to a No Contest. The calamity unfolded only 62 seconds into the lightweight fight after inadvertent strikes to the back of Lapicus’ head.
ESPN was the first to report on the Eddie Alvarez vs Iuri Lapicus outcome shift. ONE Championship officials let the outlet know they came to that verdict after consulting a panel made up of 15 independent officials as well as a variety of ONE personnel, referees, and judges.
On a domestic level, state/ provincial athletic commissions generally regulate situations like this. ONE Championship regulates its own events in Singapore though and this regulatory sovereignty has allowed for this amendment.
ONE Championship did not specify the identities of the names that comprised this collective.
This panel came to the conclusion that Alvarez should have been given a warning instead of a red card for the errant back of the head punches to Lapicus. The panel referred to the referee’s progression towards a DQ call as a “procedural misstep”.
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The red card retracts from the picture with this deliberation and a yellow card replaces it. The outcome for Alvarez versus Lapicus has also shifted from a DQ loss for The Underground King to a No Contest.
Eddie Alvarez ONE on TNT
Eddie Alvarez had indicated after the April 7th ONE on TNT I bout that he would be appealing the loss. There has to be a pronounced degree of relief for Alvarez here.
He receives this good news heading into his quick turnaround matchup. The former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion tests skills against Ok Rae Yoon at ONE on TNT IV on Wednesday, April 28th.
ONE on TNT IV boasts a top of the marquee rematch with light-heavyweight gold on the line. Aung La N Sang defends the hardware against the man who took his middleweight belt, Reinier de Ridder.
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