Dana White confirms Bellator fighters Eddie Alvarez, Hector Lombard on UFC’s radar

The UFC is always looking to add the best talent in the world regardless of their current place of employment. In that vein, two fighters who call Bellator home are among those on the UFC’s radar, as Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard are on the cusp of free agency.

Past reports confirmed middleweight champ Lombard was already offered a contract by the UFC with Bellator being given the option to match the deal or let him walk. A decision on the matter is expected in the near future.

Meanwhile, Alvarez avenged a previous submission loss to Shinya Aoki by defeating the Japanese icon this past Friday at Bellator 66 and certainly impressed in doing so.

“I think Eddie Alvarez is a great fighter. You know us, man. We’re always looking to get the best fighters in the world in the UFC and he’s one of them,” said UFC President Dana White in a recent interview with MMAJunkie. “I (also) like (Lombard). I like him a lot. So we’ll see what happens.”

Neither Alvarez or Lombard have fought in the UFC though Lombard was set to before visa issues in 2007 kept him from making an appearance. The middleweight has went 24-0-1 over his last 25 fights while Alvarez holds a career mark of 23-3.

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9 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    They should sign Eddie to a one off contract with Melendez under SF then bring him over after…

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Just pipe dreamin’ I know Rebney & Bellator have the right to match any outside offer so obviously a one off deal with SF isn’t what will get Eddie under the Zuffa umbrella BUT it would be nice to see those to guys go at it…

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    My friend is super happy about this news, he’s been saying the UFC should of gotten Alvarez awhile ago and was confused why they didn’t.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Should just be a matter of time before they’re brought over.

    These guys (and their agents) are well aware of the fact the UFC offers significantly greater exposure, which means increased sponsorship $$. So to realistically compete, an org like Bellator has to offer more money to these guys than the UFC is offering, which is a sure-fire way for these other organizations to run themselves into the ground.

    Which isn’t to suggest there’s not room for other orgs in the MMA picture. In order to survive, they can continue to scout out the best unsigned talent, put together entertaining fights that will hopefully provide decent media deals, but essentially act as the minor leagues for the UFC.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Alpha it is becuz Alvarez chose Bellator not becuz the UFC wasnt interested. Same with Melendez, he chose to sign with SF.
    See Danas comments up there? Watch them turn if they dont sign. It will be like “Alvarez sucks, he has been fighting nobodies for the last 546 years and bearly beating them, we offered him 566450845956953128536858568569566 million dollars and hes so dumb he chose a local, small time show that nobody gives a shit about. I mean they dont sell any seats, their stadiums are empty and whos Lombard, did he beat anybody worth mentioning?”
    then on here people will say “yeah Alvarez sucks” and “Lombard would get beaten by any UFC fighter”.

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  • Sykotick says:

    Alright, let’s be real… Who has Lombard beaten??
    Alvarez? Well he just beat Aoki, so il give him that one, even though its been proven that if you glance on his chin he is done.
    I’m not saying they suck, cuz odds are they don’t, I’m saying they’re untested against the upper echelons

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  • MCM says:

    Looks like Lombard just signed with the UFC. And he’s getting PPV cuts too. No word yet on when he’ll actually enter the Octagon.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    It makes sense for Lombard to move to UFC. He’s cleaned out the division at Bellator. It may be good for Bellator, too, because now they’ll have a more competitive middleweight division. A fight between Lombard and Brian Stann would be tasty. Couple of hard hitting guys who finish fights.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I could care less if Alvarez dominates the UFC or not, he’s an exciting fighter and more than worthy of being matched up against top UFC fighters. Win, lose, or draw you know Eddie’s going to try and make it a fight.

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