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UFC_OWNS 12-19-2012 02:45 AM

Eddie Alvarez receives UFC offer, Bellator taking 2 weeks to consider matching

Up until this October, Eddie Alvarez (24-3) has been Bellator's Lightweight golden boy. He came to the organization back in 2009 and reeled off an impressive 7 straight wins. His BFC resume includes finishes over leg-lock expert Toby Imada and UFC veterans Roger Huerta and Josh Neer. In 2010, he hit his peak ranking as the #3 155 lb fighter.

Alvarez wrapped up his contract at Bellator 76 with a first round KO of Patricky Freire. The only blemish on his record with the promotion was a 4th round submission loss to Michael Chandler at Bellator 58 in a fight of the year candidate. Since then he's been enjoying the luxury of free agency. In the weeks after his last fight, he declined Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney's initial offer to re-sign with the company.

UFC president Dana White made it clear following the Freire fight that the UFC was definitely interested in Alvarez. However, it took him over two months to submit an offer.

Loretta Hunt announced the news on Twitter

To clear up any confusion: after Alvarez declined Bellator's offer, Rebney gave up his right to an "exclusive negotiation" period. By all rights, Rebney could have tied Alvarez down for up to 90 days where he could deal only with Bellator, but Bjorn forfeited that right on behalf of his company. That is not the same as the matching period, which Rebney did not waive. That means, if Rebney decides to match the UFC offer, Alvarez is obligated to re-sign with Bellator.

As far as the offer from the UFC, we don't have any details yet. What can be gleaned from the little bit of information that we have is that the UFC didn't back Alvarez anywhere near as strongly as they did Hector Lombard. Rebney said a while back that Lombard picked up a $300K per fight offer along with PPV points and a $400K signing bonus. That contract wasn't feasible for Bellator to match. The fact that Rebney says matching Alvarez's contract is within their means indicates that Eddie received a significantly less lucrative offer.

UPDATE: I spoke to Loretta Hunt on Twitter immediately following the posting of this article. She informed me that (1) Rebney and Bellator never extended an official offer to Alvarez following Bellator 76. They sit down to talk, but no official contract was given or rejected. (2) Bellator's ability to match Eddie's offer from the UFC is not an indication of it being less than Hector Lombard's.

El Bresko 12-19-2012 02:47 AM

It will be strange if Alvarez stays.

UFC_OWNS 12-19-2012 02:50 AM

he might stay for more money and the ability to crush cans for easy money for the rest of his career with the illusion he is a top 10 fighter, seen other fighters do that before.

El Bresko 12-19-2012 02:57 AM

I guess that's an option, the weak minded, big fish in a small pond approach. It doesn't please the hardcore fans though. I don't think any fighter will get away with doing that in the current era or the future.

UFC_OWNS 12-19-2012 02:59 AM

yeah people like mamed khalidov need to shape up and go to the ufc if they wanna be taken seriously

Roflcopter 12-19-2012 03:01 AM

Bellator has almost a zero percent chance of staying and if Bellator does any sort of matching or anything it's just to stick it to the UFC and make them pay more.

Khalidov isn't going anywhere. He makes a good amount of money in Poland and the UFC is trying to give him a standard like 16/16 deal.

El Bresko 12-19-2012 03:03 AM


Originally Posted by UFC_OWNS (Post 1659821)
yeah people like mamed khalidov need to shape up and go to the ufc if they wanna be taken seriously

Yeah Khalidov is a really good example, nobody even knows who he is and he is consistently beating old UFC fighters. He would be a handful for anyone not named Anderson at 185.

Nobody knew Glover before he came to the UFC either.

UFC_OWNS 12-19-2012 03:04 AM

im sure if khalidov is as good as he thinks he is he can bump up that paycheck pretty quick by signing short fight term deals, he also just subbed kendall grove a former UFC fighter which might get him a little more negotiating leverage even though I think kendall is still a bum former UFC fighter or not.

Roflcopter 12-19-2012 03:14 AM

Doesn't really matter. He'll take a significant paycut, and if he happens to get matched tough in the UFC it will be a complete waste.

It's just not worth his time at all.

UFC_OWNS 12-19-2012 03:18 AM

probably but I was more referring to if he really thinks he's top shit at middleweight then he can't **** around with KSW C league fighters and castaways if he wants to be taken seriously.

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