Bellator 76: The Return Of Eddie Alvarez!

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Could this weekend be Eddie Alvarez' last appearance for Bellator?

Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez returns to the cage this weekend for the Bellator 76 event scheduled for Ontario, Canada.  He takes on Brazilian Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in a match that should see Alvarez a comfortable favorite when the lines hit the books.  The match is also Alvarez’ last on a Bellator contract, and though the company will retain the ability to match any offers, Alvarez will likely be out there as a free agent, and coming off a win or coming off a loss, it makes a big difference.

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Alvarez has an excellent record of 23-3 and he has fought top notch competition throughout his career.  To further test himself, he may need to go to the UFC after this fight.

Freire is a decent opponent, with a 10-3 overall record and a penchant for using stomps and knees in his striking attack.   Alvarez is more of a big puncher on his feet than anything else, so he will have to stay vigilant for the strikes Freire will bring.

Alvarez is a good wrestler, and may turn to GnP should Freire prove dangerous on his feet.

Though Bellator would likely benefit from an Alvarez loss, that is unlikely to happen.  Alvarez is a winner, gutting out several very tough bouts for Bellator and for other groups.  His level of competition is much higher. and Alvarez also is a guy who remains hungry.  He wants to test the free agent market, and needs a win here to maximize his offers.  He will look at it like Freire is taking food off his family’s table, and that is a bad idea with Eddie.

Freire will also bring a certain fire, but he is 1-2 in his last three outings, and does not have the motivation of a contract negotiation like Alvarez.  Alvarez may be the most highly anticipated free agent in the history of MMA.

Alvarez will likely open at least a 3 to 1 favorite, and he has a very strong fan base that are likely to move that number up.  So if your on the underdog, wait until closer to fight time.

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