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1/2/13 7:27 PM
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http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/01/bellator-fighting-championships-counters-ufcs-offer-for-eddie-alvarez

Bellator Fighting Championships has officially tendered a contract offer to its former lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez (24-3 MMA, 8-1 BFC).

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from multiple industry sources that Bellator executives have issued an offer to Alvarez to match the deal he recently received from the UFC. The move is an effort by Bellator to retain the rights to the star 155-pounder, whose contract with the promotion expired following an October win over Patricky "Pitbull" Freire but who remained in an exclusive matching period with the tournament-based organization.

The revelation comes on the heels of UFC President Dana White's recent statement that he expected negotiations with Alvarez to "get ugly." In perhaps a nod to White's prediction, requests for statements by the UFC, Bellator and Alvarez's management team at Authentic Sports Management were all declined.

An official announcement isn't expected to be made until a legal review of both contracts is complete. Multiple sources indicated Bellator's offer was made "in good faith" and appears on the surface to match the deal previously offered by the UFC. However, it does not appear Alvarez has yet accepted Bellator's contract offer and may be seeking clarification on contract language in each of the two deals. Chief among those concerns will likely be whether or not Alvarez has the right to sign with another promotion while still operating inside of Bellator's matching period.

Alvarez long has been considered one of the top lightweights not in the UFC. This past April, Alvarez avenged one of only three losses on his record when he stopped Shinya Aoki with punches in the first round. And in October, in what may or may not prove to be his final Bellator fight, he stopped Freire with a head-kick knockout late in the first round. Alvarez's resume also includes wins over current Bellator featherweight champ Pat Curran in the lone defense of his Bellator lightweight title, as well as Roger Huerta, Josh Neer and Joachim Hansen.

In 2012, the UFC was able to sign former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard to a deal Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claimed included a signing bonus and was worth a minimum of $700,000 for the American Top Team fighter's first UFC appearance. Many MMA pundits expected Alvarez to also migrate to the octagon with the assumption that Bellator, despite moving to Spike TV, would not be able to offer a financial package level with that of the UFC.

As Rebney explained, it would all come to dollars and sense.

"It really becomes for us a mathematical analysis," Rebney said. "We know where we would want to be with Ed, we know what kind of a deal structure would work for Bellator and our partners at Spike TV, and we're just waiting.

"We'd like to keep him, but it will all boil down to the numbers."

For now, it appears those numbers suit Bellator just fine.

Bellator's first live event of 2013 takes place on Jan. 17 and features current lightweight champ Michael Chandler facing top contender Rick Hawn, as well as featherweight champ Pat Curran vs. Patricio "Pitbull" Freire. The event takes place at Bren Center in Irvine, Calif., and marks the company's first broadcast on its new broadcast home of Spike TV.
1/2/13 7:30 PM
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1/2/13 7:32 PM
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Terrible news if he stays with them.

1/2/13 7:33 PM
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Urgh... Phone Post
1/2/13 7:36 PM
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1/2/13 7:36 PM
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Bellator really doesn't stand a chance. They will fold within 2 years. When they build a star, the UFC will just sign them when their contract runs out. ZUFFA just has more money to offer fighters, and fighters can earn more from sponsors in the UFC.
1/2/13 7:38 PM
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Viacom has deeper pockets than Zuffa. I kind of expected this. Eddie is Bellators money maker. Would sucks if he stayed though. So many fights for him in the UFC. Rematch with Chandler is the only real fight left for him there. Phone Post
1/2/13 7:45 PM
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bibiano, khalidov, and now eddie

 

damnsevern is not a happy camper.

1/2/13 7:56 PM
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Cant say I didnt see this coming, it was real quick they declined the Lombard deal, once this went past a week I figured that meant they would look to match.

Sucks. And DS is right, Mamed, Bibiano and now Eddie, terrible. Well the first two they just couldnt come to terms on a deal this one they did but Bellator matched it.

1/2/13 8:08 PM
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JOB - Bellator really doesn't stand a chance. They will fold within 2 years. When they build a star, the UFC will just sign them when their contract runs out. ZUFFA just has more money to offer fighters, and fighters can earn more from sponsors in the UFC.
Ha! Ya you must be trippiN Bellator will be around along time Phone Post
1/2/13 8:11 PM
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Bellator should embrace the role of minor leagues, nothing wrong with that.
If i was free agent I would be wary of signing with him if this is how they act.
1/2/13 8:13 PM
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UFC low balled Eddie it seems
1/2/13 8:13 PM
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LOL, Damn you always know what to say.  Awesome gif.

And I saw this coming....it will be interesting to see "how this plays out."

1/2/13 8:15 PM
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lol @ you guys getting mad at bellator for matching an offer, how dare they!
1/2/13 8:17 PM
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JOB - Bellator really doesn't stand a chance. They will fold within 2 years. When they build a star, the UFC will just sign them when their contract runs out. ZUFFA just has more money to offer fighters, and fighters can earn more from sponsors in the UFC.

If anything thats what going to keep them around and sustainable, not spending 250k or whatever to keep a guy like Lombard. Who knows what sort of money they'll be able to offer guys after a couple years on Spike, will be interesting to see what kinda numbers they bring in

In the short term though it sucks that Eddie has to stay there, ZUFFA obviously didnt put up enough money
1/2/13 8:18 PM
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liquidrob - UFC low balled Eddie it seems

How do you figure that?

Because Bellator/Viacom decided they thought it was smart to pony up money to keep their biggest star?

yeah the UFC must have offered him 20/20. SMH

And nobody is mad at Bellator fans are upset that we wont get to see a bunch of great fights.

You cant be mad at Bellator for wanting to keep their biggest star, a guy they've helped build up for the last 4 years.

1/2/13 8:19 PM
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So what happens now?  Is Eddie contractually bound to Bellator since they matched the offer?  Or can he turn them down and be forced into a waiting period to go to the UFC?  It would be terrible if he went back to Bellator.

1/2/13 8:20 PM
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liquidrob - lol @ you guys getting mad at bellator for matching an offer, how dare they!

Well yea everyone wants to see him in the UFC. There is like one good match left for him now... Chandler..
Eddie vs Bendo, gil, diaz, cerrone, pettis, lauzon etc.

Eddie did fine by them, but he has out grown that organization. If you're not pissed as a fan then somethings up.
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bibiano, khalidov, and now eddie

 

damnsevern is not a happy camper.


You and me both.

 

Besides Chandler and maybe one or two others where are the relevant fights?

1/2/13 8:21 PM
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My guess is they "low balled" him because they matched, like you said, they didn't match Hector deal

Alvarez is on the same level as Lombard and had more quality wins then Hector, he could have been offered the same deal or close to the same deal they gave Hector, if they did, then oh well, but it seems like they didn't

We will have to wait and see though

1/2/13 8:22 PM
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DANA THE FANS WANT ALVAREZ IN THE UFC... YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO..
THIS MEANS WAR!!!!
1/2/13 8:22 PM
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In the short term though it sucks that Eddie has to stay there

he doesnt have to stay with Bellator, lol

1/2/13 8:24 PM
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He can just sit out
I gotta imagine that with sponsorship/bonus money he will be making more in the UFC even if the "contracts" are the same.
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liquidrob - lol @ you guys getting mad at bellator for matching an offer, how dare they!

Well yea everyone wants to see him in the UFC. There is like one good match left for him now... Chandler..
Eddie vs Bendo, gil, diaz, cerrone, pettis, lauzon etc.

Eddie did fine by them, but he has out grown that organization. If you're not pissed as a fan then somethings up.

I understand, but its always funny reading stuff like this, like Bellator has bums and guys don't emerge, this is MMA, there is talent and great match ups everywhere

Look at your list, 3 of those guys were in the "minor leagues" just a while and Gil was fighting for STRIKEFARCE
1/2/13 8:30 PM
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This is great news for all UFC fighters.


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