Monday, October 04, 2010

Lineup set for Bellator 33 in Philly

Bellator 33 is set for Oct. 21 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia with Kensington's Eddie Alvarez, the company's lightweight champ, taking on Roger Huerta in a non-title fight and welterweight champ Lyman Good defending his title against Ben Askren, a former NCAA wrestling champ from Missouri.

The undercard has also now been set with former Olympian Rick Hawn, ex-EliteXC champ Wilson Reis and WEC veteran Deividas Taurosevicius headlining.

Alvarez (20-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC)  was originally scheduled to defend his crown against Pat Curran, who won the recent Bellator lightweight tourney but had to bow out of this fight with a shoulder injury, opening the  door for Huerta, the former UFC star who was eliminated by Curran in the semifinals of the tourney.

The main card, which will be televised on FOXSports Net,  will also include 2004 Olympic judoka and undefeated MMA fighter Hawn against fellow welterweight LeVon Maynard (10-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC), as well as former EliteXC bantamweight champ and season-two and season-three Bellator tourney competitor Reis vs. WEC and IFL veteran Taurosevicius. The Brazilian Reis is also fighting out of Philadelphia now.

home and should have a home-field advantage.

A preliminary card heavy on local talent includes light-heavyweight submission specialist Tim Carpenter (5-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. longtime IFL fighter Jamal Patterson (5-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and WKA Muay Thai champion Tuan Phan (2-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. fellow flyweight Nick Cottone (8-2-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).

Additionally, one-time UFC fighter Chris Liguori (11-8 MMA, 0-0 BFC) takes on fellow lightweight Eduard Guedes (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC), Lester Caslow (6-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) meets fellow featherweight Kenny Foster (7-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC), and bantamweight Lewis Cassner (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) takes on Francis Evans (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC).

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