Former No. 1-rankedtitle challenger, , had competed just once since March 2012 before he entered the Octagon tonight (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015) to kickoff pay-per-view (PPV) main card against up-and-coming Canadian, .
And the ring rust was real, but it didn't matter.
Mein took to the center of the cage immediately while Alves circled and kept him at distance with Muay Thai kick attempts. About 90 seconds in, the action began to pick up, with both fighters trading shots and Mein seemingly getting the better of the stand up exchanges early thanks in large part to several well-placed elbows.
Alves appeared gun shy and Mein took advantage, landing several strikes that backed up the Brazilian and bloodied his nose. Frustrated, Alves barreled in to try and land something, but Mein made him pay, connecting on several big shots that clearly hurt the former contender. Alves fought back as best he could, but Mein dominated the round.
To start the second, Alves came out aggressive and landed a huge kick to Mein's gut, which immediately dropped the Canadian. Mein crouched in pain and Alves rushed in with a flying knee to his other side and swarmed him with ground and pound, forcing the referee to stop the action.
Huge technical knockout win for Alves, who declared that he is "back." Maybe not quite yet, but definitely a step in the right direction.
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