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Carlos Alvarez guns permanent roster spot with ONE Friday Fights 43 win


Carlos Alvarez, a blue-chip prospect from Team Lakay, stands on the brink of securing a permanent spot on the main roster of ONE Championship.

The 24-year-old Baguio City native has been making waves under the ONE Friday Fights banner, where he has won his last three bouts in rousing fashion.

His string of victories kickstarted with a second-round manhandling of Reza Abasi back in April. He continued his impressive run with back-to-back submission wins over the likes of Sadegh Ghasemi and Title Chai.

This Friday, December 1, Alvarez is set to make his fourth appearance on the weekly show held at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

On the undercard of ONE Friday Fights 43, he squares off with Mongolian-Russian debutant Nachyn Sat in a three-round featherweight encounter.

Recognizing the gravity of the moment, “The Limitless” is aware that another triumph could lead to a lucrative deal with ONE Championship—valued at $100,000.

“The chance I have been given to showcase my skills makes me extremely happy. I am aware that if I win this, I could be offered a contract with ONE,” Alvarez told Tiebreaker Times.

“Observing the other fighters in ONE Friday Fights, I saw that if they win four in a row, they get to compete at the big events. So, this is my shot.”

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However, Alvarez acknowledges that triumph will not come easily. Nachyn Sat poses to be a handful, courtesy of his 4-2 professional record and 100-percent finishing rate.

Beyond the impressive standing, Nachyn Sat boasts a strong grappling pedigree, adding an extra layer of complexity to the showdown.

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“We watched his past fight. He seems to be strong, and he is tall. I also noticed that he has good technique in delivering his kicks,” Alvarez said of Nachyn Sat.

“Apart from his reach advantage, I saw his ground game. He has a lot of counter-submissions, and his escape is good.”

Alvarez understands that a different approach is required against Nachyn Sat. Recognizing his opponent’s background, he is prepared to diversify his plan of attack to ensure success on Friday.

“I’ll do what I do best, which is to mix it up. If I have to strike, I will strike. If I have to grapple, then so be it. MMA is the game, and that’s what I’ve trained for,” he stated.

Despite the tough test awaiting him, Alvarez exudes optimism. Decisive victories have been the hallmark of his last three outings, and he is determined to continue this trend.

“In training, we always work to finish, so I’m hoping that I can get the finish and win here. This time around, I hope I get the win with my striking,” he declared.

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Nissi Icasiano is a sportswriter, analyst and editor from the Philippines. He started his professional career in 2013. He has also written for various media outlets such as Rappler.com, ABS-CBN, Tiebreaker Times, Philboxing.com, MSN.com, South China Morning Post, The Phnom Penh Post and the International Business Times. In 2017, he started a career as a Combat Sports Analyst for television and radio, appearing on various news shows for ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM, PTV 4, Business World, Radyo Pilipinas 2 and Bombo Radyo Philippines. He practices boxing at Tiger City Boxing Gym whenever he is not writing.


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