“I’ll be very relieved [when the Friday hearing concludes],” Alvarez told ESPN.com. “Hopefully, they will come to a judgment this Friday. But I’m not setting my expectations too high; I’ll just be setting myself up for disappointment.
“I just want to take things as they go; I’m not trying to control things that are not in my control. If we manage to get this thing settled this weekend I will be very happy. If not, then me, my management team [Authentic Sports Management] and the attorneys who are working this on my behalf are patient; we’ll wait and get the result that we want.”
If Linares rules in his favor, Alvarez says he is prepared to compete in a UFC 159 main-card bout against a high-ranking lightweight. Alvarez has been training regularly at Ricardo Almeida’s gym in Hamilton, N.J.
Whether he is allowed to fight at UFC 159 or not, Alvarez will continue his vigorous training sessions, which serve as a way to keep his mind off the legal issues.
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