According to MMAJunkie.com, Bellator season two lightweight tournament winner Pat Curran has been forced to pull out of the fight he earned against Bellator season one champ Eddie Alvarez with a shoulder or arm injury and will be replaced by one of the men he defeated in order to win the tournament, Roger Huerta.
MMAJunkie’s sources say that the Alvarez-Huerta bout is close to being finalized and will likely be officially announced soon. The bout is apparently scheduled to take place this October 21st at Bellator 33 but is expected to be a three round fight instead of a five round fight, the standard for title fights.
The Bellator Fighting Championships have put on two eight-man lightweight tournaments, with Alvarez winning season one to become champion and Curran winning season two to become the number one contender. Curran defeated Huerta in the latest tournament’s semi-final round.
Huerta, a former UFC star, left the UFC on the heels of a two-fight losing skid, dropping bouts to Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard, but not getting finished in either. His first fight in Bellator was against Chad Hinton at Bellator 13 where he took home a submission (kneebar) victory. He lost to Curran in his next outing via unanimous decision. Huerta is currently involved in a police investigation surrounding an Austin, Texas nightclub brawl which video evidence seems to show Huerta defending a woman who was accosted by knocking unconscious her attacker. No charges have been filed from the incident.
At 20-2, Eddie Alvarez is one of the best lightweights in the world that most no one but hardcore MMA fans know of. Alvarez has not lost since a December 2008 fight with Shinya Aoki and is currently on a five-fight win streak with wins over Greg Loughran, Eric Reynolds, Toby Imada, Katsunori Kikuno, and Josh Neer.
Bellator 33 will take place on October 21st at the Kansas City Power & Light District in Kansas City, Missouri. The fight will be broadcast via FOX Sports Net.