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No_Mercy 06-28-2013 08:14 AM

Eddie Alvarez to be tied down by Bellator lawsuit long into 2014
 
Looks like he's stuck in purgatory for awhile. I was pretty amped to see em join the UFC ranks. Became a fan actually when I saw him submit the bully five times in a row and kicked the dude in the chest in Bully Beatdown and KOed em...haha. Funniest thing I ever saw.

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Former Bellator LW champ Eddie Alvarez is looking at spending most of the next year in court fighting to get out of his contract with the country's #2 MMA organization.

Former Bellator Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez just wants to move on with his career, somewhere outside of Bellator. Unfortunately he signed a contract with a matching period and Bellator won't let him go. The bad news is just getting worse for Alvarez who sold his home to fight the case.

According to documents filed Monday in U.S. district court, the two parties aren't required to see each other in court until after Sept. 15, 2014, when a pre-trial conference may take place.

That means it could be near the end of 2014 before a jury gets involved, unless a settlement takes place.

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Attorneys for Alvarez and Bellator outlined a plan for moving forward with the case, which calls for the discovery portion to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014 and depositions, or out-of-court testimony, by July 28. The two may add parties to the case by Oct. 15 of this year.

One has to ask what Bellator and Viacom think they're accomplishing by wasting the prime years of a major martial arts talent like Alvarez. Do they think young aspiring fighters are seeing this and saying, "man I want to get into business with these guys!"? Do they think this is winning the good will of fans?

Whatever value Alvarez might have for the organization as an unwilling indentured servant has to be out-weighed by the damage to the promotion's reputation with fans and fighters. http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2013/6/26...long-into-2014
FREE EDDIE!!!

UFC_OWNS 06-28-2013 08:17 AM

bellator is pure evil

Canadian Psycho 06-28-2013 08:25 AM

It really is spite and nothing more. I laugh when people try to tell me that Bellator is the 'good guy' organization in comparison to the evil UFC. I'd wager this matter won't be settled until well into 2015 - at the earliest.

No_Mercy 06-28-2013 08:34 AM

I'm trying to figure out how this guy is going to survive. He's gonna burn up a ton of his savings even if he's an instructor.

Can you believe his last fight was Oct. 12, 2012 against Patricky Freire!!! He's going to be on the shelf for a very long time.

osmium 06-28-2013 09:22 AM

It has been known for a while that bellator is a crooked company that doesn't honor fighter contracts. No young fighter should ever sign with this company again it is a place for people with no future in the sport.

UFC_OWNS 06-28-2013 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by osmium (Post 2135921)
It has been known for a while that bellator is a crooked company that doesn't honor fighter contracts. No young fighter should ever sign with this company again it is a place for people with no future in the sport.

Yet everyone still signs with them it's puzzling unless they really think they are gonna stay there forever and make a lot in bellator. I told gilbert smith on facebook not to sign with them recently because he would be in purgatory forever so luckily he listened and didn't.

osmium 06-28-2013 09:34 AM

I think it is mostly about bad legal representation.

UFC_OWNS 06-28-2013 09:41 AM

could be, I would imagine agents and managers don't care about the clients future as long as they get their money now

TheNinja 06-28-2013 09:49 AM

This is horrible... Does anyone know how many more times he would have to fight if he stayed with Bellator before he's just free and clear to leave?

I know it's about pride and what's right, but a man has to make a living.

UFC_OWNS 06-28-2013 10:12 AM

you're never free with bellator, you're free when they say you are free like lombard because they knew he was too expensive and wasting their competition so they let the ufc have him.


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