The fight. Sounded crazy right? Two poker players fighting a cage match for over a quarter of a million dollars. Professionals don't even do that. Then again pro fighters don't put up their own cash; they fight for the promoter's prize money. In this instance, two poker players ponied up $270,000 of their own money. That doesn't include the training costs hiring coaches and trainers and other specialists. Plus, the additional “lost income” that they'd experience while training. Every hour in the gym was one hour not playing poker, so both players had a relaxed working schedule the last six months.
Olivier Busquet came in 20 pounds heavier, approximately 185. J.C. Alvarado weighed-in at 165. Even though J.C. had more experiencing studying varying martial arts, Busquet's size and physique was going to be an equilizer. From the get-go, Busquet's size was a major factor...probably more than anyone anticpated. I figured exhaustion would be the key to the fight and whomever was in better physical shape would win. I thought both players would run out of gas before the third round. I was wrong. Both guys displayed raw courage and tons of heart. The majority of action in the opening rounds was essentially Busquet on top of Alvarado in a ground-n-pound scenario. Whenever Alvarado wriggled away, he'd be so winded that he was unable to launch an immediate counter-attack. Then Olivier would pounce, and they'd be back on the ground once again.
By the third round, Busquet had drawn blood after a couple cuts opened up on Alvarado. The end of the third round turned extra-bloody after the cummulative face-pounding, which was even evident via a Periscope stream (courtesy of Garry Gates). The match was called at the end of the third round instead of going all four. Busquet had dominated rounds 1-2-3 and easily won each round on points.
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.
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