After it was announced last week Alvarez would indeed fulfill his final bout with Bellator, questions still remained as to who exactly he would fight next. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney took to his official Twitter account today (July 30, 2012) to spill the beans:
@EdAlvarezFightvs. @PatrickyPitbull Fri October 12th at Caesars Windsor & live/free on MTV2 & http://Spike.com This will be awesome.
Talk about a potential barn burner.
After the bout, Alvarez will be a free agent and will be free to entertain offers from other organizations. It is widely believed that he will make the jump over to the shark-infested 155-pound division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), though it is far from a guarantee.
Should he choose to make the jump to the world's pre-eminent MMA promotion, a win over "Pitbull" will give him a little bit more of an upper hand at the negotiation table, while a loss could prove disastrous. Indeed, a fight against Patricky Freire is far from a gimme and could prove to be a rather stiff test in what may be Alvarez's Bellator swan song.
After losing out on a title fight against Alvarez back in April of 2011 by coming up short on the judges' scorecards against Michael Chandler at Bellator 44, Freire went an even 1-1 in his following two contests. He defeated former UFC lightweight Kurt Pellegrino at Bellator 59 and then lost to Lloyd Woodard via second round submission at Bellator 62.
A win over Alvarez could inch him closer to a potential rematch against current champion Chandler, who defeated Alvarez via fourth round submission (rear-naked choke) to become champ at Bellator 58 in an instant classic back on Nov. 19, 2011.
Since dropping the title to the former NCAA Division 1 All-American wrestler eight months ago, Alvarez has only competed once, defeating Shinya Aoki in the very first round via technical knockout (TKO) in what was rematch of their first encounter back in 2008 where Aoki defeated "Silent Assassin" via first round submission.
With their knack of putting on exciting fights, Alvarez and "Pitbull" will surely keep fans entertained in what could potentially be a "Fight of The Year" candidate once the dust settles.
Talk about going out with a (potential) bang.