On the surface it seems it should be simple for a fighter to decide where he/she wants to compete as long as not contractually bound to bouts in an organization. However, the case of lightweight Eddie Alvarez is much more complicated as a result of the 29-year old’s previous deal with Bellator allowing the organization to match any offers thrown his way.
Fresh into free agency, the UFC presented Alvarez with terms he was more than happy with including a solid chunk of cash and the possibility of additional money related to PPV percentages. Bellator quickly jumped in and, in their opinion, matched their competitor’s proposal even though technically unable to truly equal certain aspects specific to the UFC’s status as MMA’s biggest company.
Ultimately, the sides were unable to come to a resolution and a legal battle has since ensued. Fortunately, Alvarez recently revealed he expects the matter to be resolved in a week.
“Got a court date on January 25. Very excited to get this BS dealt with,” wrote Alvarez today on his Twitter account. “Very confident that the truth will prevail and you should be too.”
The 24-3 Alvarez is one of the top 155ers in MMA and a former Bellator champion. All but three of his victories have involved some form of finish including success against the likes of Roger Huerta, Josh Neer, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Shinya Aoki.
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