Chicago headquartered fighting promotion, Bellator Fighting Championships, has announced today that their marquee fighter and lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez will be locking horns with UFC veteran Josh “The Dentist” Neer in a “Super Fight” being held in May.
An exact date or weight class has yet to be announced, but Alvarez’s belt will not be on the line in this Super Fight—the first of its kind to be announced by Bellator.
However, the blooming promotion’s May event will be televised by major networks such as NBC and Telemundo, while being aired live on Fox Sports Net.
Bellator, Latin for warrior, has spearheaded their way into a highly competitive MMA market in the last couple of years by securing network contracts with established companies, affording the upstart promotion a larger audience to be exposed to their events.
The organization’s tournament based seasons have been met with success since its national televised inauguration in April of last year.
Just a month before the Alvarez-Neer bout, Bellator’s anticipated second season will debut April 8th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida to a nationally televised audience.
Alvarez (19-2), along with his fellow season one winners: Joe Soto, Lyman Good, Hector Lombard, will be defending their titles against the impending season two winners this fall. In the time leading up the championship showdowns, Bellator is anticipating fights—similar to the Alvarez-Neer bout—to keep their belt holders busy and in top performing shape.
The 26-year old Alvarez, a Fight Factory member and Dream veteran, recently had surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee back in January. He projects a 100% recovery in time for the fight with Neer, a “perfect opponent”, who is known for exciting performances.
“I’ve seen Josh Neer fight, and he’s a banger,” Alvarez said, as reported by MMAfighting.com. “I love this fight because he never puts on a dull fight and those are the kinds of matches that suit me the best. I expect my knee to be 100 percent soon and I’m expecting that this is going to be my best performance ever.”
Josh Neer (26-9), an Iowa native, was recently given his walking papers by the UFC, where he dropped two consecutive bouts to Gleison Tibau and Kurt Pellegrino respectively.
Despite his last two loses in the octagon, Neer poses a threat to Alvarez after earning notable victories in his career over Mac Danzig, Joe Stevenson, and Melvin Guillard.
Regardless of the recent occupational roller-coaster, the Miletich Martial Arts fighter sees his upcoming war with Alvarez as a chance to redeem his career. He also shares his opponent’s sentiment that the fight has the makings of a barn-burner.
“This is definitely a tough fight because Alvarez is a really explosive fighter and one of the top two or three lightweights in the world,” Neer said, as reported by Fiveouncesofpain.com. “I think that if I beat him, it would be a huge win for me and would really help me increase my notoriety. It’s a great opportunity.”