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Pat Curran receiving belated bout with Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 39

Rising lightweight star Pat Curran will finally receive the title-shot he earned last year with a series of wins against Mike Ricci, Roger Huerta, and Toby Imada over Bellator Season 2. Curran was originally set to face divisional champ Eddie Alvarez in October before a shoulder injury forced him to withdraw in a move ultimately setting up Alvarez’s one-sided scrap with Huerta at Bellator 33.

According to a report from MMAFighting citing CEO Bjorn Rebney, the Bellator 39 match-up will take place on April 2 with Sherdog later naming the venue as being the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut as well as the lightweight title’s involvement. Five Ounces of Pain has since confirmed those things with a source close to the organization.

Curran is 13-3 in a three-year career and has emerged winner six of the last seven times he’s fought. A grappler with improving hands, nearly half of the 23-year old’s victories have been the result of judging with four submissions and three TKOs to his credit as well.

The 21-2 Alvarez is considered to be among the top three lightweights in MMA and should enter the bout as a considerable favorite based on his past finishes of respected competitors such as Huerta, Imada, Joachim Hansen, Josh Neer, and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Nineteen of his twenty-one wins have seen their conclusion come prior to the end of the allotted time frame.

Their bout, as can all Bellator Season 4 action, is expected to take place live on MTV2.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Curran has made a career out of exceeding expectations, and Alvarez is a warrior. This should be a great fight.

  • boomnutz says:

    AMA fighting (or whatever it’s called) must have the best LWs in the business, Alvarez, Edgar, Miller, i’m sure they have some more…

  • hindsightufuk says:

    still think both roger and toby got the better of curran in their fights

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Me too hindsight. Especially the Imada bout

  • LiverPunch says:

    Colan you better fix that typo.
    You have mistakenly stated that this is a title shot. Bellator don’t do title shots.
    I know people like Rece are gonna try and defend Bellator with all he is worth but they are the worst at putting their champions in title bouts. They select who they want as a possible champ and who they don’t. Even if you beat the champ , it wont count unless they want it to. Alverez and Lombard have fought twice in Bellator since he got the belt and neither were title bouts. The first fights they fought after being champs they made catch weights for no reason other than they didn’t want Neer or Silva being champs and the 2nd time they didn’t even bother they just came out and basically said “even if you win you will not be champ”. Now their WW champ is jumping on the band wagon and fighting in a “non-title bout”. I don’t care what you say but that is bullshit. A champion has to win to keep his belt. That is the way it works. You can’t lose and stay champion because that defeats the whole purpose.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Very soon Bellator champs will have put their belts on the line 4 times.
    Very soon Bellator champs will have not put their belts on the line 7 times.

    A champion (identical to the French, from the late Latin campio) is the victor in a challenge, contest or competition.

    Not in Bellator.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Mr Conlan I’m sorry but I am on a train using a mobile and I spelled your name wrong.

  • Spoken says:

    I get where you’re goin with this LP, but bellator has made it clear that they believe only the winners of the tournaments earn title shots in their organization. because of the difficulties involved, its hard to keep your champions active in a tournament format, so they put on non-Title exhibition bouts so that champions can stay active. given the format, i dont think it would be fair to give a title shot to a one-time challenger when you got guys fighting their ass off in a tournament for that shot. im not sayin you have to like it, but at least its for a legit reason. nobody is perfect.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “I know people like Rece are gonna try and defend Bellator with all he is worth but they are the worst at putting their champions in title bouts. ” – LP

    LP try and Learn a lil about the promotion if your going to try and shit on them… the CEO Bjorn Rebney has said in many interviews and conference calls they only give title shots to winners of Tournements and that’s how it is and always how it will be as long as he is running the show… They are creating there own lane in this MMA game and it looks to be working… I think making a fighter commit to a tourney to fight for a strap is a nice concept. It’s not for everybody though, I’m sure killa B could have been in the tourney if he wanted but he probably just wants to pick up 2 wins and try and get a call from the UFC… The tourney is a nice show case that pays off in the end for the participants they get a nice check, decent tv time, a shot at a title… Bellator is helping build new foundations in MMA not renovating and creating poor mans versions of the same old formats like some other promotions.

  • cutman says:

    LP you thought Silva had a chance against Hector and that Bellator was protecting the belt by making it a non title fight lol ?????? Do you pay ppv to watch the crap they have been shoveling $55 for 1 front kick and a bunch of guys being tentative ?????? Plus Bellator is making there own path doing their thing getting their own fighters and puttin it out there for free for the normal guys….gotta love an org. like that.


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