Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 7/30/12

And the countdown begins. Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (Pictured) will battle Patricky “Pitbull” Freire on October 12th. Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the scrap Monday via Twitter.

The contest marks the final fight on Alvarez’s current Bellator contract. Most pundits expect the 155-pounder will be UFC bound the second his deal expires.

UFC president Dana White and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta have publicly recruited Alvarez over the past several months. They recently nabbed Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard from their stateside rival. However, Lombard’s big league debut didn’t quite live up to expectations.

Alvarez quickly disposed of Shinya Aoki in April at “Bellator 66.” Prior to losing his title to Michael Chandler, Alvarez, along with Strikeforce king Gilbert Melendez, were considered the planet’s top lightweights not competing in the UFC.

Freire has alternated between wins and losses over his last four contests. The Brazilian was most recently seen getting submitted by Lloyd Woodard in March.

The event takes place inside Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

MTV2 will broadcast the main card beginning at 8PM ET/PT.

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