Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011
Final Bellator 39 Line-Up; Alvarez and Curran Ready for Title Fight
By FCF Staff
This Saturday, Bellator Fighting Championships will head to Uncasville, Connecticut, to hold its thirty ninth event, with a card that will feature a lightweight bout between champion Eddie Alvarez and challenger Pat Curran. In addition to the championship fight, Bellator 39 will also include two semi-final bouts from its ongoing season four tournaments, as welterweight Lyman Good will take on Rick Hawn and lightweight Toby Imada will face Patricky Freire.(Pictured: Alvarez hitting Roger Huerta)
“This is one of the most talent-filled events we’ve ever produced – headlined by a World Title Fight featuring Eddie Alvarez, one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in a press release from the organization. “Pitbull vs. Imada and Good vs. Hawn both look like they will be spectacular fights as well. This should be an amazing night of fights”
Alvarez (21-2) will be competing for the first time since October, when he scored a TKO victory (doctor stoppage) over UFC vet Roger Huerta.
“I need to live up to my own expectations. More than any fight in my career – in this fight with Pat Curran – I just want to completely dominate,” said Alvarez. “It has nothing to do with Pat; it’s just what I feel like I have to do regardless of who I’m fighting, in order to earn my rank of number one in the world. I won’t be happy with anything less than complete and total domination.”
Curran (13-3) won Bellator’s lightweight tourney last June, by earning a split decision victory over Toby Imada, but had his title fight with Alvarez delayed due to injury.
“I’ve been dreaming every night about this Bellator World Championship fight with Eddie Alvarez. I think about it in the morning, all day, when I go to bed, and in my dreams,” said Curran. “I’m coming out there to shock the world. I’m going to stand right in front of Eddie [Alvarez] and I’m going to let my hands fly. I have all the confidence in the world that I can beat Eddie Alvarez so now it’s up to me to go out there and do it.”
Bellator 39 will also feature a bout between former UFC competitor Ben Saunders and welterweight vet Matt Lee. The card will be broadcast live on MTV 2.
Here is the complete line-up for Saturday’s event:
World Lightweight Championship
Eddie Alvarez (21-2) vs. Challenger Pat Curran (13-3)
Lyman Good (11-1) vs. Rick Hawn (10-0)
Toby Imada (29-15) vs. Patricky Freire (8-1)
Ben Saunders (9-3-2) vs. Matt Lee (13-9)
Matt Veach (12-3) vs. Rene Nazare (6-0)
Greg Rebello (12-2) vs. Dan Cramer (5-2)
Mike Winters (4-0) vs. Ryan Quinn (4-2)
David Jansen (14-2) vs. Scott McAfee (10-2)
John McLaughlin (3-0) vs. Blair Tugman (5-3)
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 3:42 pm