Posted by Twenty20Dollars
The play-by-play said he was in trouble early:
Round one: Both fighters come out guns blazing, trading a flurry of hooks. Loughran drops Alvarez to a knee with a BIG punch. He pushes the Irishman up against the cage to get his bearings. He pulls back to unload, but again, Loughran gets the better of the exchanges. Loughran nails Alvarez with a knee and the two begin to slow down. He finally gets Loughran up against the cage and trips him. Alvarez then grabs his head and goes for a guillotine choke. Loughran is sitting, with his back trapped against the cage, and can’t move. He has no choice but to tap. Alvarez holds on a little while longer just for good measure. That was very scary in the early going for Alvarez, but he once again showed his chin and grit to storm back and get the big win … complete with flying back flip off the top of the cage when all was said and done. (Source
Sounds like he was losing the exchanges. Wonder what's up with Alvarez.