Lightweight Eddie Alvarez hoped to have some closure in his ongoing contractual catastrophe on Friday after having his case seen and does, albeit not in the manner he’d hoped. Alvarez’s legal team argued for their client to be cleared for action on April 27 at UFC 159, ruling that Bellator’s attempt to match a potential deal with the UFC didn’t hold up. However, in the end Judge Jose L. Linares found that there was more to be ironed out and denied Alvarez’s injunction.
MMAFighting was on scene and able to report the results. Alvarez was said to be disheartened by the decision while Bellator declined to make comment.
During the proceedings it was revealed Bellator has plans to promote a rematch between Alvarez and champion Michael Chandler on PPV though no specifics were given. Regardless, Alvarez’s representation stated the company would be unable match the percentage of buys he’d be in line for with UFC 159. Still, it wasn’t enough to sway opinion.
One bright note for Alvarez involved Judge Linares explaining the difference between FOX’s relationship with the UFC compared to Bellator’s with Spike TV could be a factor in a future hearing. Unfortunately, for now, Alvarez will remain in limbo until then while lawyers ultimately decide his fate as a fighter.
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