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Roger Huerta vs. Eddie Alvarez Headlines Bellator 33 in Philadelphia

Eddie AlvarezAs expected, Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez will face UFC veteran Roger Huerta in an non-title superfight which headlines Bellator 33 on October 21 at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center.

Alvarez (20-2) was crowned Bellator’s first-ever lightweight champ with a win over Toby Imada last June and most-recently earned a non-title win over UFC veteran Josh Neer in May.

“I’ve never even lost a fight here in the United States, so I’m definitely not going to start in my hometown of Philadelphia with all of my people there,” said Alvarez. “I’m not going to be happy unless I completely control and dominate Roger in this fight. It’s important for me to dominate this fight and prove that I’m one of the best lightweights in the world.”

Huerta (21-4-1) stopped Chad Hinton in his Bellator debut earlier this year to rebound from back-to-back UFC losses, but dropped a unanimous decision to eventual tourney winner Pat Curran in the semifinals in May.

“This is a fight that I’ve always wanted,” Huerta said. “It’s going to be a grueling fight for the both of us. It’s going to be a potential fight of the year. I’m going in there expecting a war, and I’m going in there trying to finish Eddie.”

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