Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Eddie Alvarez Vs. Josh Neer Set For Bellator Fighting Championships

<p>CHICAGO, Ill. (February 16, 2010) &mdash; Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that its reigning lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, the No. 2-ranked lightweight in the world, will square off in a non-title &ldquo;Super Fight&rdquo; with UFC veteran Josh &ldquo;The Dentist&rdquo; Neer under the Bellator banner this May.</p><p>The fight is the first Super Fight matchup to be announced by Bellator, which is now gearing up for its much-anticipated nationally-televised second season. These non-tournament, non-title catch-weight fights will pit Bellator&rsquo;s Season 1 Champions &mdash; Alvarez, Joe Soto, Lyman Good and Hector Lombard &mdash; against top competition as they prepare to defend their titles from Bellator&rsquo;s Season 2 tournament winners this fall.</p><p>The Alvarez-Neer fight will take place during one of Bellator&rsquo;s May events and will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and during Bellator highlight shows on NBC and Telemundo. The exact date will be announced in the coming weeks.</p><p>Alvarez, the Philadelphia native and Fight Factory product, has driven his 19-2 professional record to the No. 2 ranking in the world at lightweight. He dominated Bellator&rsquo;s Season 1 tournament to take home the first-ever Bellator Lightweight Championship belt.</p><p>Neer, an Iowa native who is 27-9-1 over the course of his seven-year MMA career, is a three-time veteran of the UFC with signature wins over Melvin Guillard and TUF winners Joe Stevenson and Mac Danzig. Since his last UFC fight in October 2009, Neer is 2-0, with both wins coming via first-round stoppages.</p><p>&ldquo;In addition to being one of the top lightweights on earth, Eddie&rsquo;s a blast to watch fight,&rdquo; said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. &ldquo;Alvarez vs. Neer should produce fireworks from the start. Our hyper-competitive tournaments, May super-fights and September title-defense fights will all create some awesome nationally televised events.&rdquo;</p><p>Alvarez, who underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 13th, said he is itching to make his return to the cage against Neer.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve seen Josh Neer fight, and he&rsquo;s a banger,&rdquo; Alvarez said. &ldquo;I love this fight because he never puts on a dull fight and those are the kinds of matches that suit me the best. I expect my knee to be 100 percent soon and I&rsquo;m expecting that this is going to be my best performance ever.&rdquo;</p><p>Neer said he also expects the fight to be an exciting one.</p><p>&ldquo;This is definitely a tough fight because Alvarez is a really explosive fighter and one of the top two or three lightweights in the world,&rdquo; Neer said. &ldquo;I think that if I beat him, it would be a huge win for me and would really help me increase my notoriety. It&rsquo;s a great opportunity.&rdquo;</p><p>For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Bellator">www.facebook.com/Bellator</a>.</p>

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