It looks like Roger Huerta and Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez are going to meet this fall after all.
When Bellator signed Roger Huerta for their season two lightweight tournament, a wave of anticipation hit for a potential lightweight title showdown between Huerta and Alvarez, two fighters who have earned reputations for going balls out and leaving everything inside the cage. Then Pat Curran upset Huerta in the semi-finals and that fight went out the window.
Or so we thought. Apparently, Curran has suffered some kind of shoulder or arm injury and won’t be able to meet Alvarez this fall. Instead, Roger Huerta will step in and fight Alvarez in a non-title affair at Bellator 33.
With season-two tournament winner Pat Curran (12-3 MMA, 3-0 BFC) sidelined by injury, semifinalist Roger Huerta (21-4-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC) instead gets a fight with lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez (20-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC).
The bout takes place Oct. 21 at Bellator 33, multiple sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). However, it’s a slated as a three-round non-title fight.
According to the sources, the bout is in the process of being finalized and could be announced shortly. The sources said Curran suffered a shoulder or arm injury while training for the upcoming bout and won’t be ready for the October fight date.
The event was originally scheduled for the Kansas City Power & Light District, however MMA Weekly is hearing it may be moved to Alvarez’s hometown of Philadelphia.
It’s been an interesting couple weeks for Roger Huerta. Last week he became a hero to women everywhere for (allegedly) serving up a little street justice to a former University of Texas linebacker. Then earlier this week, rumors started to swirl that Huerta has been unhappy with Bellator for not giving him enough fights and wants out of his contract. If true, it doesn’t look like Huerta has anything to complain about now. Outside the UFC, it doesn’t get much bigger for Huerta than a fight against Eddie Alvarez.
Update: Bellator has confirmed the Alvarez-Huerta non-title fight for Oct. 21 at Bellator 33.