Alvarez Vs. Curran Tops Bellator 39, Ben Saunders In Action
UNCASVILLE, CT (March 29, 2011) â€” Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his world title this Saturday, April 2nd against Season 2 Lightweight Tournament champion Pat Curran in a highly anticipated World Championship Fight LIVE on MTV2. Former Welterweight world champion Lyman â€œCyborgâ€ Good will take on undefeated Judo Olympian Rick Hawn in a Season 4 Welterweight semifinal fight. In a Season 4 Lightweight semifinal, 2009 Submission of the Year Winner Toby Imada will face Brazilian phenom and one half of â€œThe Pitbull Brothersâ€, Patricky Pitbull â€“ who is fresh off of a stunning TKO of former World Champion Razor Rob McCullough. Additionally, hard-hitting UFC veteran Ben Saunders will make his highly anticipated return to the cage in his Bellator debut against upset-minded Matt Lee.
â€œThis is one of the most talent-filled events weâ€™ve ever produced â€“ headlined by a World Title Fight featuring Eddie Alvarez, one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet,â€ said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œPitbull vs. Imada and Good vs. Hawn both look like they will be spectacular fights as well. This should be an amazing night of fightsâ€
Although Alvarez is currently riding a six fight win-streak in a 21-2 professional record and is widely considered on of the top lightweights in the sport, he says that there is more pressure than ever to win this fight.
â€œI 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,â€ said Alvarez. â€œIt 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.â€
Curran says that the prospect of fighting Eddie has made all the difference in preparing for the fight.
â€œI'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,â€ said Curran. â€œI'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.â€
To which the confident defending champion replied, â€œIf I had a quarter for every time someone said they were going to stand with me and knock me out, I wouldn't have to fight for a living. Pat [Curran] may be saying he wants to stand in front of me, but that would be a stupid, stupid game plan. He won't be standing in front of me for long.â€
The full fight card for Bellator 39 can be located below:
World Lightweight Title Fight: Champ Eddie Alvarez (21-2) vs. Challenger Pat Curran (13-3)
Welterweight Semifinal Fight: Lyman Good (11-1) vs. Rick Hawn (10-0)
Lightweight Semifinal Fight: Toby Imada (29-15) vs. Patricky Pitbull (8-1)
Welterweight Fight: 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)
Tickets for Bellator 39 are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log onto ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmasterâ€™s national toll free Charge by Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.
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