Olivier Busquet and JC Alvarado met in the octagon on Thursday night for an MMA bout worth more than $200,000.
At the close of 2015, the two high-stakes poker players agreed to meet in the cage for a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight in which Busquet would wager $120,000 and Alvarado $150,000.
After agreeing on the purse, the two amateur fighters discussed the weight at which the fight would take place. Being the naturally heavier man, Busquet was allowed to weigh in at 187.5 pounds, while Alvarado tipped the scales at 165 pounds.
Busquet Gets the Early Advantage
For those in the know, this sort of weight disparity meant Busquet would enjoy a significant advantage in the fight if his skills are up to par and judging from the footage of the fight it appears this was the case.
As the two men circled the octagon before their opening exchange it was clear Alvarado was looking to stick and move in a bid to avoid grappling with Busquet. Throwing two “oblique kicks” to the thigh in the style of the UFC’s Jon Jones, Alvarado looked to be in control early.
However, a flurry of punches in the centre of the cage appeared to swing the advantage in Busquet’s favor and just a few seconds later he was able to secure a takedown.
Sitting in Alvarado’s half guard (Alvarado was basically able to trap one of Busquet’s legs in order to prevent him getting mounted), Busquet began dropping punches in a bid to advance his position.
This pattern of strikes and takedowns continued throughout the fight until the ref eventually called off the fight and declared Busquet the winner.
Both Pros Come Out as Winners
Speaking after the fight, a victorious Busquet explained that he took the fight to prove something to himself after finding himself at a crossroads in his life.
After dedicating his life to the sport for a number of months, Busquet’s gamble eventually paid off as he not only banked $150,000 but proved to himself and the poker world that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
As for Alvarado, he was taken to hospital after the fight as a precaution but tweeted soon after that he was ok.
“My biggest fear was not having heart. I couldn’t execute what I know I can do, but I’m out of the hospital with a big smile on my ugly face. It wasn’t my night, but no excuses. Congrats to @olivierbusquet for getting the job done. Whooped my ass good,” wrote the poker pro.
For now it seems the latest poker prop bet involving some sort of fight is over, but with the WSOP just around the corner it’s likely the game’s top pros will be cooking up a fresh batch of bets in the coming months.