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Talking Bellator – Roger Huerta On 33 and An Eddie Alvarez No-Show

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.

Bellator 33 is being held in Philadelphia, PA Oct. 21st, and the main event of the night is the lightweight Super fight between the Bellator champ Alvarez and MMA star Huerta.

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
Liacouras Center
Philadelphia, PA

Main Card

  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Roger Huerta
  • Lyman Good vs. Ben Askren (Welterweight Championship Bout)
  • Deividas Taurosevicius vs. Wilson Reis
  • LeVon Maynard vs. Rick Hawn

Undercard

  • 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

7 COMMENTS
  • Guthookd says:

    Great card for BFC. The superfight is a mistake though, IMO. If Huerta beats Alvarez then the belt becomes void of all meaning, and I personally think that the odds are in Huerta’s favor.

    Looking forward to seeing Askren do his thing. He’s a pretty active wrestler so even his top game is not too boring. I think I’ve seen Good fight once, but it was a pixelated crap video so this will be pretty much the first time I get to see him in action. I hope he is a good fighter with some serious TD defense or at least some good jits.

    Taurosevicius is a good fighter and fun to watch, but Reis didn’t impress me at all with his tournament performances. His boxing was just aweful. I hope he worked on that.

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    I think the Huerta/Alvarez fight is pretty much a toss up-they should both be evenly matched-Askren will be an even more improved monster-I believe he will maul Good-Sky’s the limit with that guy

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I’m pulling for Huerta…I’d like to see him get the W and then get a shot at the title after Curran and Eddie go at it next season.

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  • Guthookd says:

    Rece, I think what Baby Bjorn was saying there was that he won’t give any title shots to anyone unless they win the tournament, which means Roger will have to win it next year for you to get your wish. I think Patricio might win it next year.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Yes you are correct Guthookd… my bad read too fast.

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  • G-DUB says:

    Contenders earning the right to a title fight …. what a novel concept. Coker take note.
    Guthookd … have to disagree with you about Huerta beating Alvarez making the belt void of meaning. Alvarez went through the guantlet and came out victorious with the belt. Any champion can lose on any given day and Huerta hasn’t earned the right to challenge for that belt. I look at this as a regular season matchup. It’s for bragging rights and personal legacy. However, I do think that if Huerta wins, he has then earned the right to rematch for the belt.

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Well typed G-DUB-Absolutely a valid point that needs to be represented more often-regardless who wins the Huerta/Alvarez fight it should not take away from
    the fact that one of them deserves to be the legitimate champion in a highly competitive shark tank of a division full of some of the most ferocious talent thus far exhibited in MMA

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