The once-canceled title fight between lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and season-two tournement winner Pat Curran will now headline Bellator 49 on April 2nd as originally planned according to Bellator Chairman and CEO.
The bout was booked for this particular show as it takes place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, Alvarez’s stomping grounds and Northeast roots.
The fight is set to air on MTV2 as part of Bellator’s new three-year deal with the popular cable channel.
After Alvarez won the season-one tournament and Curran the season-two tourney, they were scheduled for a title fight in season three. But Curran was forced out of the bout due to a shoulder injury, and Alvarez instead fought and defeated eliminated tourney fighter Roger Huerta in a non-title fight.
Alvarez now carries a six-fight win streak into the bout and an 11-1 record in his past 12 fights. All but two of the wins (over Matt Lee and Joachim Hansen) came via stoppage. In fact, while known for heavy hands, Alvarez has posted submission wins in five of his past six victories.