Eddie Alvarez and Roger Huerta stepped into the cage tonight and delivered on the pre-bout hype entering their Bellator 33 “Super-Fight”. The two maintained a frenzied pace for two full rounds featuring Alvarez getting the better of the stand-up exchanges, save for a single instance when he was dropped by a well-timed punch in the first. However, Huerta was unable to continue in the third frame after absorbing a number of powerful leg-kicks from Bellator’s 155-pound champion including one in the second stanza that dropped him to the canvas for a split-second.
The win brings Alvarez’s record to 21-2 and marked his fifth consecutive victory since being submitted by Shinya Aoki two years ago. The performance also delivered the first TKO of Huerta’s 27-fight career.
“El Matador” has now fallen in defeat four of the last five times he’s stepped into the ring after only losing once in his first twenty-two fights.
The promotion also crowned a new champion in the form of Ben Askren at the event. Askren dominated previous title-holder Lyman Good for the bulk of their five-round fight with takedowns and top control, though he was nearly caught in a Triangle/Armbar combination after suffering a swift upkick from Good.
Here is a complete rundown of Bellator 33 results:
Kenny Foster def. Lester Caslow via Unanimous Decision
Luiz Azeredo def. Edward Guedes via Unanimous Decision
Fran Evans def. Lewis Cassner via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Nick Cottone def. Tuan Pham via Unanimous Decision
Wilson Reis def. Deividas Taurosevicius via Split Decision
Rick Hawn def. LeVon Maynard via TKO Round 1
Ben Askren def. Lyman Good via Unanimous Decision
Eddie Alvarez def. Roger Huerta via TKO Round 2 (Doctor’s Stoppage)