Little has been heard from either side in the ongoing contractual dispute between Bellator and lightweight Eddie Alvarez since the two sides first clashed. As most likely remember, the 29-year old was allowed to test free agency with Bellator retaining the right to match any deal sent his way and he quickly signed an offer from the UFC. However, Bellator decided to invoke their matching clause even though certain incentives such as PPV bonuses weren’t necessarily realistic and things have been tied up in court ever since.
Though nothing official has changed regarding the status of the legalities involved, it sounds like Alvarez and his former employers are at least working out some of the kinks on the personal side of things. CEO Bjorn Rebney spoke with Rebellion Media last week at Bellator 95 where he revealed he’d crossed paths in a positive way with Alvarez during the festivities.
Rebney went on to express some good news for fans hoping to see Alvarez in the ring sooner than later, stating, “(When you speak) your chances of getting something resolved pretty dramatically increase.”
“We were community and talking…and I hope it results in us getting this behind us,” he concluded. “I’ve got to give and he’s got to give a little bit. Hopefully we can find that middle ground and make this thing stop.”
Alvarez is 24-3 in his career and has won nine of his last ten tilts. He has 21 finishes to his credit including stoppages of Patricky Freire, Josh Neer, Roger Huerta, and Shinya Aoki.
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