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post #14 of (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by OUSOONERSOU View Post
Unless I'm mistaken, Eddie would have had to wait a little while, not sure how long, to receive offers from other organizations. Bellator went ahead and waived that to accelerate the process if I'm understanding it correctly.

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Thing is if he wants to leave the other organizations are not gonna make him any serious offers till the matching period expires because in order to steal him they would have to offer him a contract bigger than Bellator either could or would match. In other words they would have to offer him more than he is worth so it would be foolish.
The minute his last fight ended he was free to pursue offers from other organizations the trap being that if Bellator was willing to match the contract offered by say the UFC than Eddie would be contractually obligated to resign with them over taking the UFC offer. (He could choose how much to fight for but not for who). He was a free agent but a restricted one. Bellator realizes that even if they are going to resign Eddie its likely not gonna be till he gets a look at serious offer from his other options and Bjorn realizes that he is just wasting time by holding Eddie to that matching clause.

Here is the full quote you were using from another article.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney now has advanced the timeline on Alvarez's decision, telling MMA Junkie that he'll waive a standard 90-day matching period if the ex-champ doesn't initially take a new contract offer.

"Based on our relationship with Ed, there's no reason to hold him to a series of months of not having the opportunity to look at those offers," Rebney said.

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