10 Feb - 
UFC 234 results: Jim Crute TKOs Sam Alvey, who protests stoppage

Jim Crute stayed unbeaten in his young career at UFC 234 with a first-round TKO of Sam Alvey, who wasn’t happy with the nature of the stoppage from referee mark Marc Goddard.

Crute (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) landed a massive right hand that hurt Alvey (33-12 MMA, 10-7 UFC) in the first round. He followed up with additional strikes against his opponent, who was still moving, but the referee decided he’d seen enough at the 2:49 mark of Round 1.

The light heavyweight bout opened the pay-per-view main card at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. It followed prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

After patiently picking his shots in the opening minutes of the fight, Crute set up a shot that connected clean on Alvey’s chin. He attempted to move away for the walk-off finish, but Alvey stood up and got back into the fight. Crute threw a head kick that was caught, but when Alvey tried to spill him to the ground, he reverses the position and got on top.

Once on top, Crute pounded away with strikes on Alvey, who was trying to cover up. He couldn’t do enough, though, and Goddard stopped the fight. Alvey immediate popped up and protested the finish in an animated manner, but the fight was over.

Crute took little issue with the stoppage, and with an unbeaten record, said he wants some time off before his next octagon showcase.

“My coaches say when I’m relaxed no one can touch me,” Crute said during his post-fight interview with Jon Anik. “We’re just building. Im going to go away and get back when the next show in the region is.”

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