CHICAGO, Ill. (February 16, 2010) â€” 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 â€œSuper Fightâ€ with UFC veteran Josh â€œThe Dentistâ€ Neer under the Bellator banner this May.
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 Bellatorâ€™s Season 1 Champions â€” Alvarez, Joe Soto, Lyman Good and Hector Lombard â€” against top competition as they prepare to defend their titles from Bellatorâ€™s Season 2 tournament winners this fall.
The Alvarez-Neer fight will take place during one of Bellatorâ€™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.
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 Bellatorâ€™s Season 1 tournament to take home the first-ever Bellator Lightweight Championship belt.
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.
â€œIn addition to being one of the top lightweights on earth, Eddieâ€™s a blast to watch fight,â€ said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œAlvarez 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.â€
Alvarez, who underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 13th, said he is itching to make his return to the cage against Neer.
â€œIâ€™ve seen Josh Neer fight, and heâ€™s a banger,â€ Alvarez said. â€œI 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 Iâ€™m expecting that this is going to be my best performance ever.â€
Neer said he also expects the fight to be an exciting one.
â€œThis is definitely a tough fight because Alvarez is a really explosive fighter and one of the top two or three lightweights in the world,â€ Neer said. â€œI think that if I beat him, it would be a huge win for me and would really help me increase my notoriety. Itâ€™s a great opportunity.â€