Dana White, Bjorn Rebney, Eddie Alvarez, and karma


Bellator lightweight Eddie Alvarez engaged in a bitter, protracted, and ultimately losing legal battle with Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney, following Alvarez's attempt to move to the UFC when his Bellator contract expired.

The issue centered on Bellator's right to match any contract Alvarez was offered. The UFC contract offered points on a PPV. Bellator rewrote the UFC contract word for word, a seemingly perfect match. However, Alvarez argued that the word for word contract was not in fact identical, as Bellator had never done a PPV.

Bellator countered that they planned a PPV. In fact, Saturday's event was to have been the promotion's PPV debut, until Tito broke his neck, cancelling a planned fight with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and ultimately, forcing the show to free tv. Alvarez's argument was that, to make use of metaphor, the UFC offered him a ride in a Ferarri. Bellator said we are going to go buy a car and you wiill get a ride in it; but no one believed it would be a Ferarri. A ride in a Ferarri is not identical to a ride in an Accord, and thus, by this reasoning, the contracts were not, in fact, identical.

By way of illustration, this is a fighter in a Ferrari:

This is a fighter in an Accord:

In the end, the legal case extended far into 2014, and the peak years of Alvarez's fight career were being spent renovating houses, so he signed a new contract with Bellator.

Several days before his winning Fight of the Year candidate with Michael Chandler Saturday night, Alvarez was asked a prescient question by MMAFighting's Luke Thomas.

"If you win on November 2nd, you win the belt back," Thomas asked Alvarez. "Is it fair to say as a bonus to winning, do you want to stick it to a few people?"

Alvarez replied in the affirmative.

"Yeah, why not? I always smile in the back of my head," he said. "All of the smirk going on inside and it'll feel good."

And so it happened.

UFC president Dana White saw justice in Eddie's win.

"I'm hearing Djork oops Bjork got served a big fat plate of Karma tonight :)" tweet chortled White after the event, adding "Congrats Eddie!!"

Alvarez is believed to have one more fight on his contract, which will undoubtedly be a rubber match with Chandler, and then is a free agent. Rebney was asked about the jibe by reporters after the event.

"If karma is that we just put on the best mixed martial arts fight I've ever seen, that's karma I'll take big boatloads of," said Rebney, as reported by MMAJunkie.

Earlier in the evening, Rebney had declined to respond directly to White's Tweet.

"I've kind of picked my spots where I thought it was necessary to respond. Some of his valuation comments were ridiculous given that his partner paid us tens of millions of dollars for our rights in Latin America – and some of the other things that I've recently responded to on the Askren front. He claimed that the greatest fighters in the world fight in the UFC, but the sixth-ranked welterweight in the world becomes available, and you don't even pick up the phone to call him?

"I don't know what karma is."

What do you think UG? Did you see any karma Saturday night?


tags: UFC   Bellator   Dana White   Bjorn Rebney   Eddie Alvarez (detail)  


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ssj site profile image  

11/4/13 9:58 PM by ssj


Bucephalus site profile image  

11/3/13 4:52 PM by Bucephalus

I don't understand the need to disrespect Nick to make a point about Eddie.

ThickS0lid N Right site profile image  

11/3/13 4:32 PM by ThickS0lid N Right

Ahh the more you know!! Glad to see it wasn't a conspiracy by zuffa an aliens ..I was questioning renewing my blue but I realize its proly not cause of Kirk or the UG It's us the posters/fans that have been kinda shitty.. An the way people shit on theses fighters I wonder how they are even fans

genDAV site profile image  

11/3/13 4:26 PM by genDAV


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11/3/13 4:04 PM by ShowtimeWreckedMyLeever

Are you saying an event that happens in the AM on a Saturday where most if the viewing audience have children to take care of's numbers should be on par with an event at a normal time of 8pm?Also look at the fight card, it had bellatores TOP fighters on it. UFN had machida. Mma fans arn't stupid. We have learned to not watch absolute shit cards.

DTAlexONE site profile image  

11/3/13 3:57 PM by DTAlexONE

VU my fren. Thank you.

liquidrob site profile image  

11/3/13 3:45 PM by liquidrob

Generally UFCs are created ans stickied much earlier than Bellators, I think you would agreeBellator sometimes doesn't even get a thread or stickied, UFCs get left over the weekend and they cant unstick Bellators fast enough it seemsJust be honest like in the past when I asked the question amd the response was "we take care of those who take care of us", all this spinning by Kirik is getting silly

Chris27 site profile image  

11/3/13 3:39 PM by Chris27

Thats not true at all Liquidrob and you know it. There was like 4 UFC in a row not long ago that no event thread was stickied until the main prelims on tv began.  FryedTakayama had to start discussion threads for them. That happened like 4 shows in row, they didnt seem to count facebook prelims as being worthy of an official discussion thread.  Now it seems to have been better since then but every UFC event isnt stickied days before the event starts.

liquidrob site profile image  

11/3/13 3:35 PM by liquidrob

Plus throw in that all UFC events get created and stickied early, they also are stickied over the weekend after the eventBellator gets the stickied right before the event (if they even remember) and gets unstickied right after the fights are over, the numbers are so skewed in favor of the UFC that it looks like this much higher number than it should beBut I don't expect much from Kirik, he keeps posting numbers about thread that are 8 hours or more older amd says "See they get more views! " lol, oh, than calls you dumb

Lee Murrays Cell Mate site profile image  

11/3/13 3:25 PM by Lee Murrays Cell Mate

I support UFC and Bellator both, but in a Dana vs Bjorn match it's Dana all the way. Bjorn seems like that little passive aggressive puke from high school. He's boring as shit, and is honestly no where close to the promoter Dana is.But fuck that, bring on Alvarez Chandler III !