It was business as usual last night for Eddie Alvarez as he put Josh Neer on the defensive for the majority of their “super fight” at Bellator 17. After punishing Neer with his ground and pound, Alvarez choked Neer unconscious in the second round. In the press release Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney commented, “I’m not much for pronouncements, but in the lightweight division of MMA, you’ll be awfully hard-pressed to find someone who would be able to beat Eddie Alvarez.” Maybe, maybe not, but there’s only one way to find out. Put him against the best lightweights available. Strikeforce has an open policy when it comes to working with other promotions. How about working on matching Alvarez up with Gilbert Melendez, Bellator? Now that would be a “super fight.”
Roger Huerta didn’t fare quite as well as the lightweight champ. He lost a very close decision to Pat Curran and was eliminated from Bellator’s lightweight tournament. Roger says his energy level just wasn’t there.
“I don’t know why, but for some reason I was a little sleepy, kind of groggy,” he said. “I was trying to wake myself up a bit. I remember thinking, ‘I’ve got to wake up here. I’ve got to fight.’ But it didn’t come. Or it came too late.”
“I thought I did enough,” Huerta said. “I knew I kicked the s— out of his legs. I was pressing the action. I had him against the cage and would knee him in the thighs, I’d punch him on the thighs. I was hitting him, being effective in the point system, but I guess it wasn’t good enough for the judges and that’s my fault.”
“This sucks,” Huerta said. “I hate losses and I hate losing. I don’t even want to deal with it. I don’t know how to deal with it. I don’t know how to deal with people saying, ‘You lose,’ because it’s not something I associate myself with. It puts me in a weird frame of mind, because now I don’t know what’s going to happen next.”
I don’t know what it is with Roger, but he doesn’t really come alive until he’s until he’s in trouble. Maybe that was his problem last night. Curran never put him in any kind of danger, so Roger never had to dig down deep and find that next level of intensity. If he can figure out how to bring that out without being knocked senseless first, I think he has a good shot at working his way back up the ladder. He’s young still, he’ll be back, just not until season three later this year according to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.