For the past year fans have been clamoring to see lightweight Eddie Alvarez abandon his longtime home of Bellator and test his skills in the UFC (or even Strikeforce for that matter). With his contract set to expire after tomorrow night’s tilt with Patricky Freire at Bellator 76, the odds seem favorable in terms of Alvarez doing just that, as the former Bellator champion has not only been brought up in interviews by UFC President Dana White but was seen sitting ringside with him at an event a few months back.
Freire caught wind of Alvarez’s actions and was apparently upset by what he perceived to be an insult, feeling as though it was his adversary’s way of telling the world Bellator provided an inferior product in comparison to other options out there.
“I thought it was a complete disrespect to (Bellator CEO) Bjorn Rebney and the entire Bellator organization. Even though he had said bad things about me (in the past), after I saw that, I had a big desire to fight him,” admitted the 10-3 Freire in an interview with MMAMania. “I feel like he’s underestimating the Bellator fighters and he doesn’t even care for the organization because it’s his last fight.”
One half of the promotion’s “Pitbull” brothers, Freire also offered a stern warning in terms of what he hopes to do when the cage door closes.
“If a good punch of mine connects, he’s not getting up anymore. If he falls, I’m going to crush his head on the ground,” said the fired-up Freire.
Fans can catch the two talented 155ers clash in headlining action at some point after the evening’s main card starts on MTV2 at 8:00 PM EST.
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