Rumored DREAM.11 bout between Eddie Alvarez and Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante "doubtful"
by John Morgan and Dann Stupp on Jun 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm ET
A rumored DREAM.11 bout between lightweights Eddie Alvarez (18-2) and Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (14-3-1) is not yet a done deal and is unlikely to happen.
A representative for Cavalcante recently issued an email stating the fight has been "confirmed" for the Sept. 23 card, which takes place in Saitama, Japan.
However, according to a spokesperson for Alvarez, who won Bellator Fighting Championships' first-ever lightweight title this past weekend, the fight is "doubtful" given the fighter's busy schedule and his Bellator commitments.
The fight is unlikely because Alvarez just had his "seventh fight in just over a year and third in three months," veteran fight agent Monte Cox told MMAjunkie.com
). "Also, Bellator owns the rights and probably won't allow their champ to fight elsewhere."
Alvarez, who's quickly risen up the worldwide lightweight rankings, on Saturday defeated Toby Imada at Bellator's season-ending Week 12 show. Alvarez defeated Greg Loughran, Eric Reynolds and Imada to win Bellator's eight-man lightweight tournament and the organization's first-ever title at 155 pounds. Alvarez, the tournament favorite, posted submissions wins in all three fights during the three-month span.
The Philadelphia-based fighter is now 8-1 in his past nine fights. Eight of the fights have come in his past 17 months.
The first challenger for Alvarez's title could be determined by a season-two lightweight tourney. Bellator's sophomore series is expected to commence in September or October.
Cavalcante, meanwhile, recently returned from a year-long layoff to fight at DREAM.9, where he lost to Tatsuya Kawajiri via unanimous decision. Once of the division's top-ranked competitors, the American Top Team fighter is now 0-2 with one no-contest in his past three fights after posting a 13-fight unbeaten streak from September 2004 to September 2007.
For the latest on DREAM.11
, which also include the semifinals of the organization's open-weight "Super Hulk" tournament, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors
section of MMAjunkie.com.