Alvarez: 'This is a big d!@k-swinging contest'

 

Eddie Alvarez hasn't competed in the cage since October 2012, an almost 7-month break which a fighter who likes to stay active is a long time. Furthermore, it doesn't look like his situation is going to resolve anytime soon as the Ultimate Fighter Championship and Bellator (read Viacom) battle in court of where the fighter will and. Alvarez was a guest on today's MMA Hour and vented to host Ariel Helwani

"Pardon my French, this is a big dick-swinging contest between two big companies," Alvarez said. "I have nothing to do with it."

Still, the bulk of Alvarez's venom is directed toward Bellator's parent company. The way he sees it, the fix was in from the beginning.

"I'm trying to do everything the right way, and it seems like for Spike and Viacom, they are getting in the way," Alvarez said. "I believe they had every intention of doing this anyway. It becomes clear to me that they had every intention of blocking me from going to UFC from the very beginning."

In Alvarez's mind, settlement talks with Bellator broke down because he felt Bellator wouldn't match the UFC's offer, which included a title shot and guaranteed pay-per-view slots.

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Jack Skellington site profile image  

5/8/13 10:06 AM by Jack Skellington

it was Eddie's fault for using his heart instead of his brain

RampageFitsLikeAGlove site profile image  

5/8/13 9:15 AM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

Ya I don't think they are really hoping that he will ever come back and fight for them, just setting a precedent that fighters will have to honor their contracts.   Also, it seems to me that Eddie has the option to settle with Bellator but doesn't want to.  Per his own comments, he wants to go to trial so the "truth can come out."  I'd be interested to know what the settlement amount is but even if it's a couple hundred thousand, if he is really making that much more per fight with the UFC, you'd think he'd pay it (or the UFC would) and be done. 

If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much site profile image  

5/7/13 8:21 PM by If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much

I would not be surprised if Dana gave Eddie money to fight this court battle, because if Eddie wins it basically means UFC can offer any fighter any amount of money with a % of PPV and no company can legally match it. It would be a HUGE win for the UFC and really hurt BFC which is why I still think BFC releases him at last minute and continues to do the same thing (drag fighters through court for 18 months) before releasing them anytime the UFC gives them an offer that the fighters accept. This makes it hard on the fighters to leave and never gives the UFC the upper hand.If they drag Eddie through court and win and then he gets on a mic at a live show, that is a PR nightmare. Better to just use Eddie as an example and hopefully deter other fighters from trying to leave because they will be without pay for 18+ months.

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5/7/13 8:10 PM by crumbs

If you read my post, I mention that it is only eddies side of the story, And I was trolling you.

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5/7/13 7:53 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

It was a joke fuckstick...quit being such a baby.  You're forming your opinions from one side of the story.  Do you really think you are fully informed by listening to an interview from Eddie himself?  Have you also spoken with or listened to the side of Bjorn, Bellator, or Viacom?  Have you seen and are you familiar with the contracts of Bellator and the UFC?  Have you been a part of or listened to the court proceedings thus far to make a fully informed opinion?  You're second post to me was 'Eddie said this and Eddie said that.'  Ya, I'm sure you have all the facts. I highly doubt most people here, that form opinions of the topic, are all that aware of what is going on.  For those that say "Oh Eddie's got an open and shut case" simply because they would like for that to be the case if silly.

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5/7/13 7:32 PM by crumbs

How do you feel about that, not wanting to listen to the content that you make comments on? Do you think your original post would be the same, if you listened to it or not. you blamed his lawyers for something in your original post, without all the info on the interview at hand, I wonder if it would be different.Do you think reading/listening to content that a thread is made about, let's you form more intelligent opinions or it's doesn't matter? These are honest questions, no troll, I'm trying to understand the mind of the average UG poster.

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5/7/13 4:27 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

I don't want to listen to it.  Thanks for filling me in though.  If there's any other pertinent info you'd like to share before I make another post feel free to leave it below.  I'll give you about 10-15 minutes before I continue.

crumbs site profile image  

5/7/13 4:11 PM by crumbs

Maybe you should listen to the interview, so many post in this thread filled with unnessary paragraphs of conjecture and I'll-formed opinions could have been cut down to a few sentences, if people just listen to the interview that the thread is about, instead Of probably scrolling through the thread and gathering info that way. Eddie mentions the UFC, legally only offered a contract, and legally have nothing to do with the case itself, what Eddie is talking about with the dick swinging is the proxy war between Viacom and Zuffa, with Eddie being the pawn.

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5/7/13 3:49 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

Maybe I misinterpreted it, but he said and the thread is regarding "a big dick swinging contest between 2 big companies." 

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5/7/13 2:34 PM by Gullivers Travels

I hadn't read about the original vs. altered contract issue. If that's the case, and Bellator didn't have to only match the guaranteed portion, then isn't this a pretty clear cut case?