Alvarez Set To Meet Curran For Bellator Title April 1st
By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez finally has an official date for his current defense of the title: April 1st. His challenger will be second season tournament winner Pat Curran.
Curran fought his way through a handful of tough opponents to earn a shot at Alvarez, including the rejuvenated Toby Imada and hard hitting UFC castaway Roger Huerta.
Curran was initially scheduled to challenge Alvarez at Bellator 33, but a shoulder injury put the breaks on the affair. Roger Huerta filled in for Curran, and was easily bullied by the current champion en route to a second round TKO.
With Curran healed and ready to go, Bellator 39 looks to be the event in which we’ll see this intriguing clash finally come to fruition.
Eddie Alvarez, who’s fought for Dream, Bodog, ShoXC, and K-1 in addition to Bellator, enters the bout riding a six fight win streak, and boasting an overall record of 21-2. His only defeats came at the hands of slick submission artist Shinya Aoki and the much larger Nick Thompson.
Pat Curran brings forth a professional record of 13-3. Wins over Roger Huerta and Toby Imada anchor his career.