Bellator's Rebney: Hector Lombard got 400k signing bonus

by Mike Chiapetta | source:

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said that Bellator has made free agent Eddie Alvarez an offer, and that if he accepts it, he stays in the Bellator fold. If he doesn't, Rebney will allow him to bypass the remaining 70+ days of the exclusive negotiating period and take his talents to the open market, where he will no doubt be MMA's hottest commodity.

If that happens, Rebney expects the situation to resolve itself quickly as the UFC is likely to swoop in with an offer, and Bellator will have a chance to match it.

Rebney went through it six months ago with Hector Lombard, who was at the time Bellator's reigning middleweight champion. In that instance, Lombard hit the open market, where he was immediately offered a lucrative deal with the UFC.

Rebney said that contract, which according to him paid Lombard a $400,000 signing bonus, a $300,000 starting purse per fight and pay-per-view participation points, was cost-prohibitive from Bellator's standpoint.

If the UFC came in with a similar offer for Alvarez, it is believed that would make him the highest-paid 155-pounder in the UFC.

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Maximum Fighting site profile image  

10/31/12 2:48 AM by Maximum Fighting

And people believe the dumb shit that comes out of Rebneys mouth we offered Jimmo $600,000 but he went to the UFC for $6000 + $6000- NOT. Lol

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10/30/12 8:48 PM by shootfightermike


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10/30/12 7:13 PM by DojoJay

Cry me a river... I've fought with all three cracked, and and STILL won by rear-naked kittamura. F'n amateurs...  

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10/30/12 6:53 PM by superCalo

guy stop listening to propaganda of your govt paid media and politicans, cuba is not a third world country, we have happy life, sun, rum, cigar, joy, food to eat, more than many American can dream to have.

Phil999 site profile image  

10/30/12 6:35 PM by Phil999

ppv buys in Cuba?

Card site profile image  

10/30/12 1:20 PM by Card

Will be interesting to see if UFC signs Eddie Alvarez and for how much.

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10/30/12 9:17 AM by crumbs

im sure Zuffa has a nice war chest of cash to keep snaking away fighters from bellator or anywhere else for that matter, but specifically bellator.Public image of bellator being a feeder organization, second class .. vs some pocket change from the ferttitas = smart. Hector and eddie do well in the UFC, good signings for UFC, Hector and Eddie do terrible, and UFC still laughing.Rebney obviously releasing this info on purpose, trying to rattle current UFC fighters with big numbers. not laying down and taking it. trying to attack from the inside. very sneaky.Spike vs Zuffa, dis going be good.

CHILLITACO site profile image  

10/30/12 7:30 AM by CHILLITACO

Actually this is a really good point. I thought it was extremely unprofessional to disclose something they don't even own, but you're right business wise its a great move.

locoslam1970 site profile image  

10/30/12 7:19 AM by locoslam1970

If I was Lombard I would be giving rebney a call for running his mouth about my money. It's nobody's business but the fighter, his accountant, and the IRS how much money he made.

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10/30/12 1:21 AM by stonepony

I don't really think that's the reason for the big-money deal though. They would have paid something muuuuuuch more reasonable and realistic if they could have. The money was worth it though, for the UFC to keep proving to everybody where the talent is not to believe the hype when names are built in 2nd tier organizations. Hector was the world beater, everybody was saying he was going to come in and clean up, and the UFC paid to put that delusion to rest.They're going to have to pay to do it with Gil, and Eddie, and they were willing to pay HUGE money to do it with Fedor. They have to consolidate the top talent, in order to keep their place at the top of the heap. They have to either bring them in and promote them, or bring them in and let them fail. Either way they have to pay to make that happen.