Olivier Busquet and JC Alvardo agreed to a MMA fight in September 2015. Alvardo, who has been training Jiu-jitsu on and off since 2011, put up $150,000 while Busquet, the larger of the who but with no formal martial arts training, risked $120,000.
On Thursday, April 21 2016, after about six months of training following the MMA fight announement on Twitter, the fight was on at the Syndicate MMA facility in Las Vegas. Busquet (187.5 pounds) defeated Alvardo (165 pounds) after three 2-minute rounds of brutal fighting. According to Card Player, medical staff was brought in to examine Alvardo's face, which was soaked in blood with his left eye very swollen, prior to the 4th round. His side eventually deiceded to call it quits. Busquet was awarded the victory by technical knockout.
The journey itself was just about testing myself," Busquet told Card Player following the victory. "Finding out what I was made of and if I could handle something like this. I owe everything to the people who helped me, especially [coach] Tito Hartz and everybody at ECU(East Coast United BJJ and MMA)... I would have just gotten my ass kicked without them."
"I have so much respect for JC. He is so tough. If the situation was reversed I might have given up way before he did," Busquet added. "I came in bigger and stronger, and he knew I would be and he still went through with it and still lasted three rounds. On the bottom most of the time, taking tough shots. I just have a lot of respect for him. I'm so relieved and thrilled. I can't believe it's over and that it ended like this."