Pat Curran (right) will finally get his crack at Eddie Alvarez's Bellator title. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The event goes down April 2 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and will also feature a 170-pound contest pitting debuting UFC vet Ben Saunders against former Strikeforce competitor Matt Lee, as well as the welterweight tournament semifinals.
The show will begin at 8 p.m. ET, and the main card, which will be broadcast live on MTV2, will kick off at 9 p.m. ET. Bellator 39 marks the fourth time the promotion has visited the Mohegan Sun.
A winner in 11 of his last 12 bouts, Alvarez has not lost since he was caught in a Shinya Aoki heel hook in December 2008. After losing to Aoki, the Philadelphia Fight Factory standout made his Bellator debut at the promotion's inaugural event in 2009, topping Toby Imada in the championship round. Alvarez earned each of his tournament wins by submission and followed his championship run with wins over Katsunori Kikuno, Josh Neer and Roger Huerta.
Curran rides a four-fight winning streak heading into his title shot against Alvarez. The 23-year-old debuted for Bellator in April of 2010 as part of the promotion's second-season lightweight tournament. After knocking out Mike Ricci in the opening round, Curran faced the aforementioned Huerta in the semis, outpointing “El Matador” en route to a berth in the tournament final against Toby Imada in June.
After three hard-fought rounds, Curran was declared the victor by split decision and was awarded the tournament crown and a guaranteed shot at Alvarez's title. The Crystal Lake, Ill. native was scheduled to take on Alvarez in season three, but a shoulder injury prevented Curran from competing. Instead, Alvarez took on Huerta in a non-title affair, dismantling the 27-year-old in a one-sided TKO victory that was stopped on the ringside doctor’s advice after the second round.view original article >>
Bellator 185 takes place today, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>
Bellator touches down this week for the first time at Penn State. Today, the fighters will step on the scale for the official weigh-ins.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>
MMAjunkie is reporting live from Bellator 186 in University Park, Pa. Join us for a live video stream and official results at 6:30 p.m. ET.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, Videos read news >>
Bellator will finally crown a new heavyweight champion next year read news >>
Conor McGregor has become the central focus of the events unfolding at Bellator 187 on Friday and he obviously wasn't even fighting on the card. Following a fight where McGregor's teammate Charlie Wa read news >>
Conor McGregor climbed over the cage at Bellator 187, shoved a referee, and slapped a commission official... and lit up Twitter. read news >>
Frank Mir claims he’s fighting Fedor Emelianenko in the opening round of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018, but company officials said matchups aren’t set.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>
Chael Sonnen weighs in on Conor McGregor's transgressions at Bellator 187 and how it might be more serious than it is entertainment. read news >>
Bellator made official its 2018 heavyweight tournament today, news first reported this past Friday by USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>
The weigh-ins are in the books for this week’s Bellator 188 event, and the fighters on the main card all hit their marks.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>