The relationship between Bellator and longtime promotional poster-boy Eddie Alvarez took a turn for the worst this week after news surfaced stating the MMA organization had filed a lawsuit against the former lightweight champion stemming from contractual issues. Alvarez’s deal with Bellator recently expired though a clause was kept in place stating the company could match any offer thrown his way. The UFC wasted little time making a proposal to the 28-year old but, apparently, Bellator chose to offer Alvarez the same terms and isn’t willing to let him go without a fight.
However, according to Alvarez, Bellator’s pot isn’t quite as sweet as the UFC’s and as a result they have no leg to stand on legally.
“If it was a match, I would be more than happy to honor the contract. I signed that contract, I have to fulfill my obligations, it’s what I signed, I’m a man. I have no problems. If it was a match, if this was a hundred percent match, I’d have no problem going and fighting for Bellator. That is not my issue,” said Alvarez in an interview with The MMA Hour. “We feel the UFC’s deal is much greater. I like that deal. It wasn’t a Hector Lombard deal, but it was a good deal. And given the opportunity that you have, I consider it a good deal, and I consider it a much better deal than the one that Bellator’s offering.”
“This difference is a lot of money, a lot of money, and its hard to sign on the dotted line. It’s a lot of money,” concluded Alvarez, refusing to offer specifics based on the implications it could have on the case.
Though Alvarez is still willing to sign with Bellator if their offer is amended, it’s clear the entire process has worn on the Philadelphia native.
“There’s two completely different sides to this. Where I grew up and where I’m from, when someone smiles at you and tells you something, you believe it. If someone lies to you, if someone’s a man of their word, that’s that. It’s very simple. That’s the reality of where I’ve been and where I’m from. But this is a different ballgame, man,” said the disheartened Alvarez. “I’d get eaten alive in this world, because what people say means nothing. It means nothing. Being loyal and them sort of things, that kind of goes out the window.”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has also publicly commented on things, saying his organization essentially copied the UFC’s terms word-for-word while also expressing hope the two sides will resolve their problems quickly before the matter is drawn out in court.
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