Eddie Alvarez: I am being sued by Bellator


In October, Eddie Alvarez completed his contracted fights with Bellator. In December, the UFC made him an offer, but Bellator exercised their option to match the offer.

A clearly angered Alvarez appeared recently on The MMA Hour and said contract negotiations with Bellator had gone off a cliff.

"Everyone's heard that Bellator has match and whatnot," said Eddie Alvarez. "it's a difficult situation. We went to settlement a couple days ago. We had a settlement meeting where everything was supposed to get worked out. I was sued maybe 30 minutes after that. There's a lot of tension in the air.

"We don't believe it was matched at all. I wanted to give details but I can't because we're in the middle of a pending lawsuit. If I want to go to dinner with one guy and another guy asked me to dinner. If the attention of one guy is to take me to a fine dining restaurant and the other guy wants to take me to McDonald's, guy #2 just thinks dinner's dinner.

"They're going to the media and saying they matched the offer, but in our opinion they didn't match at all. The terms are not the same.

"If this goes in front of anyone in court, they're going to see that this is not a match. The truth is this is disappointing. I gave a lot to Bellator and I don't get much back in return.

"If it was a match I'd be more than happy to honor the contract. I would have no problem going to fight for Bellator. I'd love to fight the Ben Henderson's and Gil Melendez's. The issues has to do with being fair. The contract says at the end we get to match this contract. I said yes to that four years ago. In our eyes it is not a match. This is the difference of a lot of money.

"It's up to the court now, man. I'm being sued. it's going up before a judge. I think it will become very clear

"it wasn't a Hector Lombard deal, but it was a good deal. And I consider a much bettor deal than what Bellator's offering.

"Tried to make an offer to make it fair. We offered a number, it was less than projected UFC offer. The conversation was over in less tha a minute, like "No way". It wasn't a half hour after that that I had a lawsuit.

"This has been most violent, most tactical, most heartless battle I have ever been in and I don't have gloves or a mouthpiece in."

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fightharder site profile image  

1/9/13 12:12 PM by fightharder

It is silly. Bellator should know that if they want to hold on to Eddie they need to do more then just match Zuffa offer,they need to surpass it.   The UFC is by far the bigger organisation. There Eddie will have more access to sponsors,he will have more ability PR to expand his brand, he will have better level of opponent and would generally be part of and organisation to offers more comfort and professionalism as well.   Nonetheless i do believe that Bellator is a league with great potential, Eddie would be a bigger star there if he stays and it would offer him more in the sense of job security. They have to match it with financial security though.   You cannot expect him to forgo a huge potential payout with his cut of PPV numbers (in the future though not right away) if you do not offer him more. Bellator is never going to make the succesful transition to PPV in the same way the UFC has done. Hence they either have to over him a gigantic cut of the PPV numbers on cards he will be competing in the future or they just need to make him a better cash offer.   He might still want to leave regardless but at least Bellator then showed to future fighters that there will to reward there champions and they are trustworthy.   This lawsuit is extremely bad PR and really not constructive for an organisation that is in the position that Bellator currently finds themselves.

Card site profile image  

1/8/13 4:28 PM by Card

Hopefully this all gets figured out quickly.

NitroSantanaCFH site profile image  

1/8/13 3:31 PM by NitroSantanaCFH


CavRyda site profile image  

1/8/13 2:00 PM by CavRyda

i like how ppl keep bringing up randy, if they followed what happened with him they would know its two different things

THE_REAL_AMERICAN site profile image  

1/8/13 12:10 PM by THE_REAL_AMERICAN

** New title for this thread:  Eddie Alvarez gets Dave Herman'd   

liquidrob site profile image  

1/8/13 11:55 AM by liquidrob

Because he is a free agent with another company willing to pay the same that doesnt have or make the same amount of money as zuffaIf you want talent when competing against another org you have to pay, zuffa shot a low offer and Bellator matched it unlike Lombard who clearly was offered more money and Bellator said no thanks with the quickness

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1/8/13 10:19 AM by Trollgrude11

Idk much about the legal aspect of contracts and stuff but does he have to accept bellator a match? Couldn't he just say no anyways? Or could the UFC just counter offer again? Idk why he has to accept the technical match.

Wade5000 site profile image  

1/8/13 10:13 AM by Wade5000


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1/8/13 10:00 AM by crumbs

I love to hear how you think a union would help, not calling you out or anything, but just interested in how you think it would help , or if it's even possible.The average contract of non top ten fighters per div is like 3 fights, unions dues even worth it? Even in eddies case, would bellator have it's own fighters union and UFC there own union ? Or one union for all fighters across all organizations?

MMALOGIC site profile image  

1/8/13 6:55 AM by MMALOGIC

yes, and people arent real football fans if they dont watch the CFL.