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Alvarez vs Neer in non title fight, Huerta and other tourney fighters and a lot of catchweights on the undercard:
LinkAll 16 fighters slated for Thursday's Bellator Fighting Championships 17 event, including lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (19-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) and fellow co-headliner Josh Neer (27-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC), who meet in non-title fight, are now official for the event.
The weigh-ins took place Wednesday at the Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre in Boston, which also hosts Thursday's event.
Bellator 17 features the semifinals of the promotion's season-two lightweight tournament as eight fighters battle for the right to face Alvarez in a season-three title fight.
The event airs live on FOX Sports Net (or on a few hours' delay if preempted by local sports programming), and highlights packages air Saturday on NBC, Telemundo and mun2.
Alvarez and Neer meet in a 160-pound catchweight bout. Alvarez weighed 159.6 pounds, and Neer weighed 161.
Alvarez meets Neer after a busy 2009 that netted him the Bellator 155-pound title and four consecutive wins. In his most recent performance, he submitted Katsunori Kikuno at DREAM.12 this past October.
The Philadelphia native is happy to be back on the East Coast.
"[Neer is] a tough guy, a veteran," Alvarez said after hitting the scales. "I'm here to represent for the East Coast. I'm happy to be home again."
Meanwhile, Neer, who earned his shot at the Bellator champ with a two-fight streak on the regional circuit, reiterated his relief that Alvarez is known for his aggressive style.
"I'm just looking forward to fight a real fighter ... someone that doesn't want to lay on me," he said.
High-profile import Roger Huerta predicts an exciting scrap in his lightweight tournament semifinal bout with Pat Curran, who notched a devastating first-round knockout against Mike Ricci in the tournament's opening round.
"As soon as the fight starts, you're going to see fireworks from myself and Pat, so it's going to be a good show," Huerta said.
The full weigh-in results included:
* Champ Eddie Alvarez (159.6) vs. Josh Neer (161)
* Pat Curran (155.4) vs. Roger Huerta (155.6)
* Toby Imada (154.8) vs. Carey Vanier (154.6)
* Pat Bennett (243.2) vs. Cole Konrad (266)
* Lance Everson (187) vs. Justin Torrey (182.8)*
* John Doyle (188.4) vs. Greg Rebello (187.2)*
* Dan Bonnell (145.8) vs. Josh Laberge (145.4)
* Chuck O'Neil (171.6) vs. Damian Vitale (169.4)*
* - Fighters agreed to hold the bout at a catchweight