With the matchups, Bellator is slotting two established fighters in Huerta and Imada against relative newcomers Vanier and Curran.
Huerta (21-3-1) won on the season premiere against previously undefeated Chad Hinton by way of kneebar submission. He faces the 22-year-old Curran, who advanced last week with an impressive knockout over GSP training partner Mike Ricci. Curran (10-3) is the cousin of former WEC contender Jeff Curran.
Imada (24-13), who will forever be remembered for his inverted triangle choke over Jorge Masvidal last year, last week submitted James Krause with an armbar in the second round. Vanier (8-2) out of Team Greg Jackson fought on the same card as Huerta two weeks ago and scored a third-round stoppage over Joe Duarte.
All four are looking to win the tournament for a chance at Eddie Alvarez and they will have the opportunity to scout the champ first-hand as the Alvarez vs. Josh Neer superfight has been booked on the same Bellator 17 card.