See how MMA Twitter reacted to the controversial disqualification of Iuri Lapicus.
Alvarez quickly overwhelmed his opponent with strikes, with the fight going to the ground, where Alvarez laid in some ground-and-pound.
The referee paused the action, however, deeming a couple of Alvarez’s strikes were targeting the back of the head. Alvarez, however, argued that he was hitting at the ear.
— Kevin Thang (@Skip2MyJays) April 8, 2021
Even the ONE commentary team was in debate over if the back of the head was hit — and if it was caused by Lapicus turning his head.
Alvarez was then disqualified, and the MMA community exploded with its takes.
“You put two guys in a steel cage, what do you want?” – Eddie Alvarez #ONEonTNT1
— MMA Gone Wild🥋 (@mmagonewild) April 8, 2021
Terrible refereeing. Eddie Alvarez was throwing punches and the guy turned his head around! #ONEonTNT1
— Felder MMA (@IrishCanelo) April 8, 2021
— Blake Bowman (@attblake) April 8, 2021
— Not: Sean (@SquishyShaughn) April 8, 2021
That was the most ridiculous red card I have ever seen.
And I watch a lot of soccer.
— Glenn Sparv (@GlennSparv) April 8, 2021
We start with Eddie Alvarez getting disqualified in the first round.
Can’t say that was a great introduction to ONE Championship. #ONEonTNT1
— Jack Brink (@JackTheBrink) April 8, 2021
— Jordan Kaminski (@JKaminski15) April 8, 2021
— NISSI ICASIANO (@Nissi_Icasiano) April 8, 2021
— Anthony (@tuningvelocity) April 8, 2021
— Leighton Britt Panui (@DaPanuis) April 8, 2021
— Hollywood Mac ⭐️ (@PassToMcLemore) April 8, 2021
One of the things I hate about ONE commentary is that they never decent from decisions that are made, it's so contrived. #ONEonTNT1
— dana blouin (@danablouin) April 8, 2021
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