Bellator Fighting Championships hailed from the City of Brotherly Love last night with Bellator 33 from the Liacouras Center in downtown Philadelphia. The night featured a special non-title Super Fight between Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and UFC veteran Roger “El Matador” Huerta. Also on the card was a Bellator World Title Fight between reigning champ Lyman Good and Season 2 Welterweight Tournament Champ Ben Askren.
In the night’s main event Bellator Lightweight Champion and hometown hero Eddie Alvarez took on former UFC fighter Roger “El Matador” Huerta in a non-title Super Fight. With Philadelphia fight fans on their feet the two took the center of the cage looking to bang with chants of “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie,” echoing throughout the arena.
“Definitely a success tonight, everything I could have dreamed of went exactly according to plan. Everything went perfectly I couldn’t be more happy,” said Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez.
The champ found his range early with powerful shots that hurt Huerta in the first round. The high octane action continued throughout the round with Alvarez buckling Huerta against the cage with heavy shots; however, Huerta was able to recover and employ some effective counter punching that kept the crowd on their fight. The two fighters traded kicks early in the second round with Alvarez becoming the aggressor yet again, taking the center of the cage and backing Huerta down.
The champ consistently found openings for his upper cut and lead straight right that Huerta did not seem to have an answer for. At the end of the 2nd round it appeared that Huerta had sustained an injury, this was confirmed when the referee waved off the third round, giving Alvarez a TKO victory, much to the delight of the fans in attendance.
“What an incredible night of fights, my first thank you tonight is to the city of Philadelphia,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The crowd, the energy was great, I’m glad Philadelphia fans were treated to a world-class mixed martial arts display.”