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Bellator announces supporting cast for Huerta vs. Alvarez

PRESS RELEASE / CHICAGO, Ill. — Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the official fight card for Bellator 33, which will take place at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on October 21st, marking the promotion’s first trip to the city.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this World Class event to Philadelphia and to the Worlds,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “On Oct. 21 we have a PPV-worthy super fight between Eddie Alvarez and Roger Huerta, a Welterweight World Title Fight between two of the sport’s most exciting undefeated phenoms, and a host of local fighters on display. This event will be a party for anyone who calls themselves an MMA fan.

Headlining the card will be a highly anticipated lightweight Super-Fight battle between Philadelphia native and Bellator Lightweight Champion Alvarez and former UFC star Huerta in one of the most anticipated MMA fights of the year.

In a fight worthy of main event billing, Bellator Season 2 Welterweight champ Ben “Funky” Askren takes on current Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman “Cyborg” Good for the Bellator World Welterweight Championship. Askren, a 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestler, looks to continue his prolific rise through the MMA ranks and capture his first title while Good hopes to secure hist first title defense.

Another former Olympian brings his talents to Philadelphia as Rick Hawn makes his Bellator debut against LeVon “Da Maynman” Maynard in welterweight action. A 2004 Judo Olympian, the decorated Judoka, Hawn, enters the fight with a perfect 8-0 record, including six knockout victories.

In Featherweight action, Bellator veteran and World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Wilson Reis battles dangerous WEC alum Deividas Taurosevicius. Reis, a Philadelphia transplant by way of Brazil, is looking for revenge after suffering a rare loss at Bellator 18. Reis lost by decision to countryman Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in the Season 2 semifinals and looks to get back on track against the experienced submission artist Taurosevicius. A jiu-jitsu instructor at three of Philadelphia’s most prominent MMA schools (Daddis Fight Camps, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United, and Tri-State), Reis is expected to have a large contingent of supporters on hand.

Philadelphia native and Jiu-Jitsu black belt Tim Carpenter fights IFL veteran and New York native Jamal “The Suit” Patterson in light heavyweight action. Carpenter trains at Balance Studios in Philadelphia under the renowned Migliarese brothers and owns a perfect 5-0 professional record.

Former WKA Muay Thai Champion Tuan Pham, who operates his own MMA academy in Center City Philadelphia called Fight Firm, takes on amateur wrestling standout Nick Cottone, who makes his training home at Daddis Fight Camps in downtown Philadelphia.

Two lightweights face off when Eduard Guedes out of Kurt Pellegrino’s MMA Academy in New Jersey puts his undefeated 5-0 record on the line against UFC veteran and New Jersey native Chris “The Story” Liguori.

Local action continues with another of Pellegrino’s top students, Lester Caslow, as he takes on Kenny “The Tooth Fairy” Foster, representing Team Bombsquad in Ithaca, New York. Rounding out the card will be Maryland native Lewis Cassner versus Francis Evans, a local Philadelphia promoter/fighter who is turning pro following an impressive 6-1 amateur career.

  • Guthookd says:

    Well hell yes! Great looking card. Some known fighters who are sure to be in battles and some prospects from great camps.

    Me like.

  • G-DUB says:

    By far the most anticipated card in Bellator’s short history. Two great co-main events ….. and the “Horwich-killa” is back! Looking for Jamal to make some noise in Bellator.

  • cutman says:

    This card is sick it could be one of the best cards of the year no-matter what org…..GREAT job Bellator way to give a card like this for freeeeeeeeee……. (Free is a great word now isn’t it) !!!!!!!!

  • Dufresne says:

    Great looking card, should be some pretty competitive and entertaining matches.

    – Lyman Good has better striking and lateral movement than Askren and a decent ground game, but I don’t think he’s going to keep his belt here. I see Askren trying to stand with Good early until he gets tagged and realizes he should dance with the one who brought him and goes for the takedown. If Good can use his footwork and superior striking he might be able to avoid landing on his back for just long enough to catch Askren with some good shots or to amass enough points for a decision win, but I just don’t see that happening.
    Askren via 4th Round stoppage due to GnP or Arm Triangle sub

    – Hawn is a world class grappler as is evident from his top 10 finish in the 2004 Olympics. Add in the fact that he’s got 8 KO’s including one over Shonie Carter and I just can’t pick a guy who’s 10-6 against lesser competition to ruin Hawn’s undefeated record.
    Hawn via 3rd Round TKO.

    – I’m picking Reis over Taurosevicius here. Taurosevicius has 8 wins by submission, but Reis is a BJJ World Champion so I don’t think Taurosevicius will be able to catch Reis. With Reis negating Taurosevicius’s biggest weapon, I think he’ll dictate the pace and location of the fight getting himself a win in the process.
    Reis via 3rd Round sub or UD

    – I think Patterson will win this one, but I’m really just guessing here. Carpenter is 5-0 with 3 subs and 2 UDs while Patterson is 5-2 with 5 subs and both losses coming via TKO. Patterson has never been to decision, and in fact the only 2 fights that went out of the first round were the 2 that he lost, including one to Vladimir Matyushenko. Carpenter on the other hand has only 2 of his wins in the first round, but he hasn’t faced near the competition that Patterson has.
    Patterson via UD

    – Pham/Cottone is a difficult fight to call mostly because I can’t seem to find consistent data about Pham’s record. Most of the results I get when I look up “Tuan Pham MMA” pull up a guy with a record of 2-3, but the instructor’s page on the Fight Firm website has his record at least at 7-0. I’m guessing that the 2-3 record is the more accurate one as the majority of the sites with that record posted also have his next opponent listed as Nick Cottone. With that assumption I’m going to pick Cottone for the win as he’s sitting at 8-2-1 with 7 of his wins coming by stoppage.
    Cottone via 1st Round Submission

    – I’m going to go with Liguori over Guedes. Guedes may be undefeated, but Liguori has a misleading record when you first glance at it. He’s 10-6, but those 6 losses are from pretty solid talent: 2 came courtesy of Pete Sell at the beginning of Liguori’s career; 2 are courtesy of Jim Miller; 1 came from Jorge Santiago; and 1 came from Marcus Auréli, none of whom are exactly pushovers. Liguori also trains under Renzo Gracie and alongside Frankie Edgar and Ricardo Almeida and has a win over Matt Brown to his credit. I think his training camp and his experience will give him enough of an advantage to spoil Guedes’s attempt to get to 7-0.
    Liguori via UD

    – Both Foster and Caslow bring in pretty similar records (7-2 and 6-3 respectively) but I think I’m gonna go with Foster here. Foster’s only loses are via KO and Sub while Caslow has two decision and one sub loss to his name. With 7 decisions between the two of them and Caslow having lost 2 compared to Foster’s 0, I’m thinking Foster pulls it off.
    Foster via UD

    – Cassner and Evans are another tough pair to compare as they’re both making their pro debuts. Cassner is coming in with an amateur record of 4-2-1-0 (W-L-D-NC) with all 4 wins coming by stoppage while Evans is coming in with an amateur record of 6-1-0-1 with 5 submissions and one decision. Both have one loss by submission, but since Cassner is also sporting a decision loss I’m leaning towards Evans here.
    Evans via 2nd Round Submission


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