Eddie Alvarez’s recent disqualification loss to Iuri Lapicus has been overturned to a no-contest.
MMA Fighting confirmed with ONE Championship officials that former UFC champion Alvarez’s DQ from his lightweight bout against Lapicus at ONE on TNT event has been overturned to a no-contest. ESPN was the first to report the news of the decision. The decision was made by a “panel of independent industry experts and ONE Championship officials, judges, and referees. The panel unanimously validated that illegal strikes to the back of the head occurred, but also ruled by majority that a procedural misstep occurred after the second strike to the back of the head.”
The promotion later sent out a release, which included the following statement:
The panel advised that the bout should have been halted and a warning issued after the second strike to the back of the head. Due to the procedural misstep, Alvarez’s red card has been retracted, with a yellow card issued in its place.
Additionally, a medical review validated the serious nature of the injury and Lapicus’ inability to continue in the fight. The no-contest ruling was made in fairness to all parties.
With the result being changed, Alvarez’s record is now 30-7 (2 NC) while Lapicus’ is 14-1 (1 NC). Alvarez already has his next assignment, he fights Rae Yoon Ok in the co-main event of ONE on TNT 4 this Wednesday.