When Roger Huerta (21-4-1) initially announced he had signed with Bellator Fighting Championships last season in order to participate in their lightweight tournament the fans’ anticipation was immediate for an eventual “Super Fight” against promotional lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez (20-2). However, a decision-loss to eventual tourney-winner Pat Curran (13-3) in the semi-final bracket all but erased hopes of seeing the two square off in 2010 based on Alvarez’s pre-existing commitment to fight the last 155-pounder standing (i.e. Curran).
However, like the sport itself, MMA match-making can be a fairly unpredictable practice with numerous factors playing a role in the final outcome. Fast-forward to Thursday night’s Bellator 24 broadcast when the company’s chief-executive, Bjorn Rebney, announced Huerta would be stepping in for an injured Curran to face Alvarez on October 21st in a non-title bout.
“El Matador”, whose only non-decision loss came more than six years ago, is known for his fearless approach in the ring, as well as for having a tremendous amount of heart and well-rounded set of skills. Prior to dropping three of his last four bouts, including losses to top UFC 155-pound contenders Ken Florian and Gray Maynard, Huerta had won an impressive sixteen-straight fights and should provide Alvarez with one of the stiffest tests he’s faced thus far in his career.
Alvarez also serves as perhaps the toughest opponent Huerta has ever stepped into the ring with. Winner of his last five fights, and ten of his last eleven, Alvarez is considered to be one of the top three lightweights in MMA and a threat to finish whether standing or on the ground.
No official location for the October 21st event has been finalized.