by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com (additional reporting by Ken Pishna)
When Bellator acquired Roger Huerta as a free agent in early 2010 he was entered as a participant in their season 2 lightweight tournament. Huerta ended up exiting in the 2nd round in a decision loss to eventual tournament champion Pat Curran, spoiling his run towards a showdown with champion Eddie Alvarez.
Well, Huerta is going to get a crack at Alvarez anyways.
According to sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday, Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will face Roger Huerta in a non-title fight in October, after tournament winner Pat Curran was forced out of the bout with an undisclosed injury.
The bout was initially reported by MMAJunkie.com on Thursday as well.
The other caveat that was disclosed about the match-up is that Bellator is planning the event for Philadelphia, PA, the hometown of their champion Eddie Alvarez. The promotion had been rumored to put the fight on in Kansas City, but sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com say Philadelphia is the targeted city for the lightweight showdown. The proposed date is October 21.
Gregory Sirb, the head of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, confirmed with MMAWeekly.com that they have had talked with Bellator about holding an event in the state.
“We are in general discussion,” Sirb responded about the Bellator fight to MMAWeekly.com via e-mail on Thursday.
Alvarez, as previously mentioned trains and lives in Philadelphia, and has traveled very well with his hometown fans previously when he had fights in New Jersey. The Bellator lightweight champion is 5-0 in his last five fights, with all five victories coming by way of submission.
Stepping into his third fight for Bellator, Huerta has gone just 1-3 in his last four fights. The former UFC fighter hit the spotlight again recently after a street fight altercation made it’s way to TMZ.com, showing Huerta knocking out another man after he assaulted a female.
This will be Huerta’s first official fight back since the loss to Curran in May.