Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title this Saturday against Season 2 tournament winner Pat Curran at Bellator 39 inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. MTV2 will air the show at 9PM ET/PT.
“I need to live up to my own expectations. More than any fight in my career – in this fight with Pat Curran – I just want to completely dominate,” said Alvarez. “It has nothing to do with Pat. It’s just what I feel like I have to do regardless of who I’m fighting, in order to earn my rank of number one in the world. I won’t be happy with anything less than complete and total domination.”
Alvarez and Curran were set to tango last October, but a shoulder injury forced the challenger out of the highly anticipated scrap. Alvarez went on to post a 2ndRound TKO victory over former UFC stud Roger Huerta in a non-title affair.
“I’ve been dreaming every night about this Bellator world championship fight with Eddie Alvarez. I think about it in the morning, all day, when I go to bed, and in my dreams,” said Curran. “I’m coming out there to shock the world. I’m going to stand right in front of Eddie and I’m going to let my hands fly. I have all the confidence in the world that I can beat Eddie Alvarez so now it’s up to me to go out there and do it.”
Additionally, UFC veteran Ben Saunders will make his highly anticipated Bellator debut against Matt Lee.
Here is the official Bellator 39 roster:
John McLaughlin vs. Blair Tugman
David Jansen vs. Scott McAfee
Mike Winters vs. Ryan Quinn
Greg Rebello vs. Dan Cramer
Matt Veach vs. Rene Nazare
Ben Saunders vs. Matt Lee
Toby Imada vs. Patricky Pitbull
Lyman Good vs. Rick Hawn
Pat Curran vs. Eddie Alvarez (Bellator Lightweight Champion)