Welcome to at Least One Championship, Eddie Alvarez.
Making his debut for the Singapore-based promotion Sunday at the “A New Era” show in Tokyo, Japan, Alvarez was inundated by Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin. The 29-year-old did not seem at all intimidated by the prior UFC and Bellator light weight winner and also he put Alvarez away with strikes at the 4:05 mark of around one.
“I’m excellent,” Nastyukhin said afterwards with a translator. “It’s my style, I really like to finish struggles in the initial round by knock out, therefore that I did it. ”
Competing for the first time since a TKO-loss to Dustin Poirer at UFC on FOX 30 last July, Alvarez (29-7, 1 NC) fought to find anything moving against the aggressive Nastyukhin. He looked just a measure slow and it cost him, as Nastyukhin finally found the scope and dropped Alvarez with direct punches before cracking him using an overhand right that led to the bout being calmed off.
It was the 2nd straight weight loss loss for the 35-year-old Alvarez, who is currently 1-2 with one no contest in his last four outings.
With the win, Nastyukhin improvements to the semifinals of the 1 Light Weight Grandprix.