A key lightweight scrap between former champion Eddie Alvarez on surging contender Justin Gaethje took place on tonight’s UFC 218 main card from Detroit.
Round one begins and both men fire off heavy low kicks to start. Eddie lands an uppercut. Justin comes forward but misses with a right hand over the top. Gaethje with a hard outside low kick. Eddie responds with a straight left followed by a leg kick. He lands a good right hand over the top. Gaethje with another hard low kick. Eddie leaps in with an uppercut. Both men are landing now. They trade in the pocket. Justin with another hard low kick. That buckled Eddie’s leg. Gathje with a left hook. Eddie swings and misses with a right. He connects with a left hand. Justin responds with another low kick and then a left hook. Alvarez catches a kick and unloads a shot to the body. Eddie with some hard body shots. He lands a right hand. Gaethje is bleeding from his nose. Eddie lands a big left hook. He scores with another. Gathje returns fire with a big combination. Alvarez with some more heavy shots to the body. He goes upstairs with a left hook that lands. More shots to the body from Alvarez. He lands an uppercut. Justin circles and then lands a nice low kick. Alvarez attempts a wild flip kick and the horn sounds to end round one.