Roger “El Matador” Huerta might feel a touch of disrespect coming from his opponent at Bellator 33, champ Eddie Alvarez, as Alvarez skipped a conference call scheduled to hype their fight next week, but if he did, he was playing his cards close to the vest.
Fiveouncesofpain.com‘s Ray Mercado was on the beat, and below are some highlights of a recent media conference call leading into the event:
When asked about what the decision process was for the promotion after Pat Curran suffered an injury Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney said the initial replacement pick was to be tournament runner–up, Toby Imada but that idea was scotched as Imada is on the shelf due to injury as well. Rebney added that the strong buzz still remaining around Huerta would be a great enticement to fans – and with one phone call the fight was set. When asked if it was ever considered to be a title fight Rebney stated that making it a title fight would go against what the company stands for, and as long as he’s in charge every contender will earn the right to a title fight via the tournament, no matter what.
Although LW champ Eddie Alvarez didn’t make the call, his opponent for the main event, MMA pioneer Roger Huerta, was on the scene.
When asked if he felt Alvarez was possibly overlooking him and more concerned about a co-promotional fight with Strike Force LW Champ Gilbert Melendez, Huerta said he was unaware of the rumors and could only speak for himself. He added that he wasn’t over looking Alvarez and that he was training for this fight like his career is on the line. Huerta said he feels this fight will “bring him back from the dead” and that he was going “balls to the wall.”
Current Bellator welterweight champ Lyman Good took part in the conference call and expressed his confidence that ring rust from his long lay off won’t be a factor in the fight. Good also expressed respect for his opponent’s ( former US Olympian Ben Askren) elite wrestling abilities. When I asked Good how he feels about the status of MMA in New York, Good said he sees MMA being sanctioned sooner than later and that sometimes he feels like a “nomad” not being able to fight with a home field advantage. Good added that he often feels less pressure from the crowd when fighting out of town.
In addition, the Bellator Season One and Two welterweight tourney winners will collide as the co- main event.
Bellator 33 should serve as one of the biggest and most exciting cards in the young promotion’s history and can be seen live on Fox Sports Net and its regional network affiliates.
The event will take place on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The card will also feature tournament fights from Bellator’s third season.
Event details and full fight card are as follows:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
- Eddie Alvarez vs. Roger Huerta
- Lyman Good vs. Ben Askren (Welterweight Championship Bout)
- Deividas Taurosevicius vs. Wilson Reis
- LeVon Maynard vs. Rick Hawn
- Jamal Patterson vs. Tim Carpenter
- Edward Gueddes vs. Chris Liguori
- Kenny Foster vs. Lester Caslow
- Daniel Tavares vs. Will Martinez
- Nick Cottone vs. Tuan Pham
- Lewis Cassner vs. Fran Evans