Honestly either way this works out pretty good for Eddie.
Even if he is forced to continue in Bellator, he will be making a SHITLOAD of money and fighting easier competition.
Bellator is also getting a lot more exposure now that they are paired up with Spike and Viacom.
Alvarez was supposed to be on UFC 159 which is the Jones/Sonnen card, with the TUF build up that card is gonna be heavily promoted and will easily do a good buyrate, Alvarez missed out on a potential million dollar bonus and he's missing out on big time sponsorships. If he ends up going back to Bellator than what does he have to look forward to? Michael Chandler, that's it. In the UFC even if he got a title shot and lost to Ben, look at who he could fight, Gil, Maynard, Miller, Lauzon, Pettis, Cerrone, Diaz and that's just naming a few.
And now Bellator might have to deal with their top guys like Chandler, Askren, Mo, Curran, and Dantas asking for contracts like Alvarez'
As for Bellator's exposure, this is not good for them at all, between this, Tyson Nam, Roger Hollett, and Jonathon Brookins, Bellator is looking very bad and very shady and many feel they're doing Eddie wrong.
And then Bjorn had the audacity to suggest UFC 156 wouldn't even hit 200,000 buys and that FOX and Spike are on the same level. They both have terrible programming outside of their MMA content but FOX is a million times bigger than Spike.