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MUST SEE: PAT CURRAN VS. EDDIE ALVAREZ

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Eddie Alvarex vs. Pat CurranOne of the better MMA storylines over the last few years is that of Team Curran’s Pat Curran. One of the most exciting fighters to ever come out of the Chicago area, Curran was seen dropping opponents locally in the XFO with a lightning-quick right hand. Then he got the call to join Bellator.

In April of 2010, he produced a devastating, highlight-reel knockout of Mike Ricci at the Chicago Theatre in his first Bellator bout. Less than a month later, Curran shook up the MMA community with his unanimous decision defeat of UFC vet Roger Huerta. Just one month after that, Curran beat famed submission specialist Toby Imada.

Tonight, at the age of just 23, Curran will be fighting Eddie Alvarez for the Bellator lightweight championship. And you don’t want to miss it. Not only is Curran the local fan favorite, but Alvarez is one of the most exciting, yet underrated fighters in MMA.

Curran has set himself up for a brilliant career in MMA. If he wins, he becomes the new champion, defeating an experienced fighter that has done battle all over the world. If he loses, he went from fighting locally to challenging for a world title in less than one year. Curran can’t lose tonight, no matter the outcome.

As it stands right now, Curran is a massive underdog to win at +450. Alvarez is listed as -650. But he’s been the underdog for all 3 of his Bellator fights, and he’s been victorious in all of them. Will he add another tonight?

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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