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UFC Fight Night 90 – Alvarez puts away dos Anjos in first round to become new lightweight champion

Eddie Alvarez made the most of a 13-year journey to his UFC lightweight title bout by putting away Rafael dos Anjos in the very first frame.

Dos Anjos pressured Alvarez early and landed his vaunted left leg kick and left hand, but Alvarez used feints and deadly accuracy to create the distance and window to land the pivotal right hand that buckled dos Anjos. Only his will to win kept him upright as Alvarez swarmed to the head and body with sniping shots. But`after dozens of unanswered shots, referee Herb Dean was forced to call the bout.

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Alan Jouban and Belal Muhammad secured Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Alvarez and Pedro Munhoz earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

In case you missed the prelims:

Vicente Luque def. Alavaro Herreira via submission R2 3:52

Marco Beltran def Reginaldo Viera via submission R2 3:04

Gilbert Burns def Lukasz Sajewski via submission R2 1:39

Pedro Munhoz def Russell Doane via submiision R1 2:08

Anthony Birchak def Dileno Lopesvia split-decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

John Makdessi def Mehdi Baghdad via split-decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Alberto Mina def Mike Pyle via KO R2 1:17

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card:

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MAIN CARD 

JOE DUFFY VS MITCH CLARKE 

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WINNER: JOE DUFFY VIA SUBMISSION R1 0:25

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOE DUFFY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Impressive work by Duffy, planting Clarke with the right hand and then swarming for the rear-naked choke. Clarke just got caught and wasn’t able to bring the fight to the ground. Excellent win for Irish Joe.

ALAN JOUBAN VS BELAL MUHAMMAD 

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WINNER: ALAN JOUBAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISON (28-27, 29-28, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALAN JOUBAN VIA TKO

Andrews: Easily the fight of the night. Jouban scored three knockdowns but couldn’t put Muhammad away. And Muhammad came on strong in the third round. Fantastic fight, someone buy both these guys a beer.

#10 ROY NELSON  VS #12 DERRICK LEWIS 

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WINNER: DERRICK LEWIS VIA SPLIT-DECISION

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROY NELSON VIA TKO

Andrews: Lewis may have won, but he should have put Nelson away with those shots. Then he gassed, which allowed Nelson to almost steal the fight. Nelson took a lot of  shots once again, but needs to be in better shape. Period.

MAIN EVENT

RAFAEL DOS ANJOS  VS #2 EDDIE ALVAREZ 

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WINNER: EDDIE ALVAREZ VIA TKO R1 3:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EDDIE ALVAREZ VIA SPLIT-DECISION

Andrews: What a performance by Alvarez. He overcame the early pressure of dos Anjos with those sniping shots, then swarmed when he saw dos Anjos was hurt. We saw the old and new strategic  Eddie Alvarez and they both sealed the deal.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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