Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 9/13/12

In an attempt to steal some of the MMA spotlight that is hovering over the drama surrounding UFC 153, Bellator Fighting Championships announced their biggest superstar’s return to action on Thursday. Former lightweight champ, and impending free agent, Eddie Alvarez (Pictured) will battle Patricky “Pitbull” Freire at “Bellator 76.”

The contest marks the final fight on Alvarez’s current Bellator contract. Most pundits expect the 155-pounder will be Octagon 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.

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 October 12th event will also showcase the opening round of Bellator’s eight-man Featherweight Tournament.

Spike.com will offer a live stream of the night’s prelims starting at 7PM ET/4PM PT. MTV2 will then broadcast the main card at 8PM ET/PT.

Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Canada will play host.

Here is the event’s current roster:

Bellator Featherweight Tournament:

Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Cody Bollinger

Mike Richman vs. Jeremy Spoon

Akop Stepanyan vs. Wagnney Fabiano

Rad Martinez vs. Nazareno Malegarie

Main Event:

Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire

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