UFC vs. Bellator fight for Eddie Alvarez begins

source: mmajunkie.com

Following his defeat of Shinya Aoki in a rematch that lasted only 92 seconds, Eddie Alvarez had four words for Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

"Show me the money."

"I just could not be happier for this guy," Rebney said a delighted Rebney. "It's a big win. It reestablishes him as one of the greatest 155-pounders in the world. And he's just an absolute class act. It's been a pleasure working with him. I hope we are able to continue working with him for years to come."

The immediate question is, will Bellator show Alvarez the money? Rebney was direct.

"I don't think he's left me with a lot of choice, do you?" Rebney said. "I knew going into it that a win in this kind of fight would obviously do for Ed, what Ed wanted to do for Ed.

"Ultimately, and it sounds counterintuitive, but it was what I was hoping he would do, which was have a spectacular performance and reestablish himself. Ed was riding an incredible wave, and it has been awesome for this promotion since its very infancy."

A shortwhile later ZUFFA Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta reached out to Alvarez very publicly, via Twitter.

Lorenzo Fertitta ‏ @lorenzofertitta
hey been meaning to introduce myself.

Eddie Alvarez ‏ @EdAlvarezFight
@Lorenzofertitta lol just seen this ,its an honor brother,I think we already know each other . On my Way to Atlanta 4 some fights

Eddie Alvarez ‏ @EdAlvarezFight
lol just seen this ,its an honor brother,I think we already know each other . On my Way to Atlanta 4 some fights

Joe Rogan ‏ @joerogan
Congrats to @EdAlvarez Fight on his spectacular revenge victory tonight! I really hope we get to see you in the UFC someday!

Eddie Alvarez ‏ @EdAlvarezFight
thank you brother

UFC President Dana White also expressed interest in Alvarez.

"I think Eddie Alvarez is a great fighter," said White. "You know us, man. We're always looking to get the best fighters in the world in the UFC, and he's one of them."

The UFC is also interested in Cuban Hector Lombard. They almost acquired him 2007, but visa issues interfered. Now he has apparently been offered a contract, although White wouldn not confirm that, saying only with a smile "I like him a lot. So we'll see what happens."

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stonepony site profile image  

4/23/12 8:16 AM by stonepony

Dominate? Not much of a chance, and they wouldn't go back to Bellator regardless. Every fighter signed with Bellator is hoping to make it to the big show. That's the entire point of 2nd tier MMA organizations.I believe Shields took less money, to sign with the UFC. That's why the other organizations fail so quickly. They're forced to pay what they can't afford to pay, to keep fighters that have the opportunity to take the step up.I want to see Chandler in the UFC, more than Eddie or Melendez. It will happen.

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4/22/12 3:16 PM by pat barrys shorts

yeah he looks pissed but and even expresses disappointment and anger quite a few times, but youll never see him just go on a baldfather type rant where hes swearing talkin mad shit

InvisibleControl site profile image  

4/22/12 11:52 AM by InvisibleControl

I'd love to see him in the UFC but I'm fine with him sticking around in Bellator. Would like to see him do the tournament again. Quick turn-arounds for fights.

inf0 site profile image  

4/22/12 4:10 AM by inf0

are you serious? He's looked fucking furious on many occassions...  

r_o_y site profile image  

4/22/12 3:59 AM by r_o_y

its amazing the difference between lorenzo and dana. lorenzo is just so smooth with it.

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

4/21/12 8:21 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

You high brother?

Mok The Ookla site profile image  

4/21/12 8:08 PM by Mok The Ookla

Also, didn't Eddie train with the Blackzillions for the last fight?

MMALOGIC site profile image  

4/21/12 7:37 PM by MMALOGIC

I dont count on any recovery abilities when most of your fights take place without drug testing.

Chris27 site profile image  

4/21/12 7:33 PM by Chris27

If he wants to be the best and fight the best and be in big fights he needs to sign with the UFC.So many more big fights for him in the UFC.Whats he got in Bellator? Chandler rematch and Hawn?I mean I guess Pitbull and Cupcake, Thiago Michel would be ok fights but really its Chandler and Hawn.UFC you have Edgar, Bendo, Diaz, Miller,Maynard, Melvin, guida, Cowboy, Barboza, Pettis, Aldo could eventually move up, BJ could come back to fighting and fight at LW.So many more fights for him in the UFC.But he will end up signing with Bellator and then claim he wants to be the best LW, fight the best LW and be in big fights, but he signs with Bellator.

BaraoKix site profile image  

4/21/12 7:23 PM by BaraoKix

Alvarez has a ton of excting fights in the UFC