If all had gone according to plan, lightweight Eddie Alvarez would have made his Octagon debut last weekend at UFC 159 after signing a deal on the heels of his extended run under the Bellator banner. Unfortunately, Bellator intervened, claiming to offer Alvarez a counter-offer equivalent to the UFC’s contract, and Alvarez has been stuck in legal limbo ever since.
Though little has been resolved in his dispute with Bellator, Alvarez recently offered up an update on the situation, taking to Twitter where he said the break in action has taken a toll on him financially but wouldn’t deter him from fighting his former employers as long as necessary to resolve the issue.
“We will be going to trial and there will be NO settlement. I want to see this thing through and let the truth come out in the end,” wrote Alvarez in a series of messages. “I am in no hurry. This has always been a marathon for me, not a sprint, and time will only make me more dangerous when I fight, I promise.”
The 29-year old also confirmed he was joining the Blackzilians on a full time basis with the goal of training as though he had a match-up on the horizon in order to stay sharp just in case his legal matters are handled sooner than expected.
“I recently just sold an investment property in order to wait this trial thing out. I didn’t want to sell it. It was supposed to be a retirement thing but that’s how sh*t goes,” explained Alvarez. “Very happy it’s sold and I’m packing now. I am taking the funds from the sale of the home and moving to Florida with me and my family. I leave in a few days to search out a rental.”
“Miami has unsanctioned fights somewhere for cash. Told my wife I might need to take the drive down there on the weekend to stay sharp,” joked Alvarez, pointing at another avenue he can explore if his bank account starts running low or his legal battle with Bellator runs long.
Alvarez hasn’t fought since October when he knocked out Patricky Freire in the first frame of their fight. He holds an overall record of 24-3 including 21 stoppages and wins in nine of his last ten tilts.
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