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UFCer Joel Alvarez gushes blood, loses after brutal elbow


That’s a lot of blood.

Joel Alvarez was the recipient of a series of bad-looking blows, including a vicious elbow strike, at UFC Vegas 49 that caused enough damage that his face was masked in blood and the referee stopped the fight, declaring Arman Tsarukyan the winner by TKO.

It took just 1:57 in the second round for Tsarukyan to win his fifth straight fight, and the lightweight is now looking for a chance to pull off his 2019 loss to Islam Makhachev.

Arman Tsarukyan knocks out Joel Alvarez in a fight at UFC Vegas 49 on Saturday.
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“I like to surprise each of my opponents,” Tsarukyan told reporters. “I wanted to show how I improve my striking, wrestling, I can do anything. It was my game plan to tire him out, choke him out or a TKO. I did and I’m very happy with it. I think I deserve a top 10 [ranking] and get fights with high level fighter. I am improving day by day. »

Alvarez started bleeding in round one after Tsarukyan hit his nose with an elbow that left him bloody. Although Alvarez was repaired between rounds, it didn’t take long for Tsarukyan to do more damage.

As Tsarukyan aimed for his nose, Alvarez was soon bleeding again, leading the referee to intervene.

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Joel Alvarez’s face after his fight against Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Vegas 49.
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Joel Alvarez reacts after his UFC Vegas 49 loss to Arman Tsarukyan on Saturday.
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Makhachev handed Tsarukyan his only UFC loss, adding meaning to a potential rematch.

“It will be the best game because we are the best in our division,” Tsarukyan said. “I think so.”

New York Post

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