Eddie Alvarez will put his belt on the line | Dave
lightweight champion Eddie
Alvarez will defend his title for the first time on April 2
against second-season tournament winner Pat
A source close to the fight informed Sherdog.com on Wednesday that
the title bout is set to headline
Bellator Fighting Championships 39 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in
Uncasville, Conn. Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney first
spoke of the matchup with MMAFighting.com.
Alvarez and Curran were originally slated to meet last October at
Bellator 33, but Curran was forced to withdraw after suffering
a shoulder injury in training.
UFC veteran Roger
Huerta replaced Curran and the bout was changed to a non-title
affair, which Alvarez won via doctor stoppage between the second
and third rounds.
A world-ranked 155-pounder, Alvarez has not been defeated inside
the Bellator cage. The Philadelphia native ran through Greg
Reynolds and Toby Imada in
2009, submitting all three to capture Bellator’s inaugural
lightweight title. Since then, the 27-year-old has taken part in
two non-title matches for Bellator -- Huerta and Josh Neer, whom
Alvarez choked out last May -- and submitted Deep lightweight
Kikuno under the Dream banner.
Alvarez has lost just one of his last 12 outings, a December 2008
heel-hooking from Dream ace Shinya
Curran, 23, was last seen earning a narrow split decision against
Imada in their June 2010 tournament final. The
Team Curran fighter reached the final by knocking out touted
St. Pierre training partner Mike Ricci
and out-pointing Huerta. He also holds victories over former King
of the Cage lightweight champ Tony Hervey
Straus, who is set to take part in Bellator’s upcoming
Bellator’s fourth season will air live on MTV2 each Saturday night,
beginning March 5 with
Bellator 35 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore,
Mike Whitman contributed to this report.