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1/20/13 3:05 AM
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UFC owners Zuffa LLC has bolstered its efforts to sign free agent Eddie Alvarez with an offer to fight at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen on April 28 in Newark, N.J., according to a Jan. 10 letter included in a counterclaim Alvarez filed this week in United States District Court. The two parties are set to face Judge Jose Linares for the first time on Friday, Jan. 25, where Alvarez hopes to obtain an injunction against Bellator so he can accept the UFC's offer.

 

In addition, Zuffa currently has a standing offer to Alvarez for a bout at UFC 159 in late April, but has altered its original contract offer to include the pay-per-view revenue perk (in addition to the negotiated $75,000 show and $75, 000 win purses), despite it not being a title fight. According to Alvarez's UFC offer, included in Bellator's complaint, the fighter stands to make an additional $1.00 for every buy between 200,000-400,000 units, $2.00 for each buy sold between 400,000- 600,000 units and $2.50 for each buy sold over 600,000 units. However, Zuffa contends it must have Alvarez's unfettered commitment by Jan. 27 to get the full 90 days it says it needs to properly promote the bout.

 

This letter has done two things. It has set a time expiration in which Alvarez's litigators can plead on Friday that a prudent decision is needed as to not impede on Alvarez's immediate ability to make a living. It has also raised the monetary stakes quite significantly from a five-figure to potential seven-figure payday for the father of three.

 

Alvarez's lawyers can also feasibly argue that this specific pay-per-view, which will be headlined by an incredibly controversial and well publicized title bout between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, has favorable potential to generate buys toward the higher end of that pay-per-view revenue spectrum. These are figures that Bellator, which has yet to promote a pay-per-event, could have to prove it can match as early as Friday's hearing.



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1/20/13 3:11 AM
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Really hope he can get this settled.  As a fan of his and someone who lives close to where he trains, it would be awesome to see him fight live in at 159.

1/20/13 3:12 AM
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Good luck to them. I think we'd all like to see Eddie in the UFC.
1/20/13 3:13 AM
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Nice. Hope they get him. Phone Post
1/20/13 4:38 AM
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Yep! I guess Zuffa was just getting started:)

 

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1/20/13 4:41 AM
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Good to hear! Phone Post
1/20/13 4:45 AM
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So Eddie is fighting in the UFC for sure then it sounds like...AWESOME!!! Phone Post
1/20/13 4:52 AM
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Excellent!

1/20/13 4:53 AM
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I honestly didn't expect them to make such a big push for him, good on 'em.
1/20/13 4:54 AM
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I think it's more to show Bellator who's the boss than to step up for Eddie Alvarez, but who cares. I wan't to see Alvarez in UFC.
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Jesus Christ, Zuffa just went hard.

1/20/13 4:55 AM
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Sudo21 - I think it's more to show Bellator who's the boss than to step up for Eddie Alvarez, but who cares. I wan't to see Alvarez in UFC.

^This.

They're proving a point that if they want a fighter, they're going to get them, period.

1/20/13 4:58 AM
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Good I want to see Eddie in the octagon finally Phone Post
1/20/13 5:31 AM
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Hope it all gets settled and we see Eddie in the UFC Phone Post
1/20/13 5:34 AM
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Yep!

 

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1/20/13 6:47 AM
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Couldn't Bellator use the same argument with these new terms as they've been using with the old contract? It's still all "hypothetical earnings". Knowing Bjorn he'll make the argument both men in the main event could get hurt, as well as the co-main, which will leave Eddie with a chance of getting less than 200k ppv buys. Let me state that I support Eddie, but a judge will look at the contract terms black and white, which doesn't seem like it favors the UFC/Eddie :(
1/20/13 1:33 PM
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TheMentalisT - "Alvarez's lawyers can also feasibly argue that this specific pay-per-view, which will be headlined by an incredibly controversial and well publicized title bout between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, has favorable potential to generate buys toward the higher end of that pay-per-view revenue spectrum. These are figures that Bellator, which has yet to promote a pay-per-event, could have to prove it can match as early as Friday's hearing"



BAM. Where is that fuckin troll, Goku? I been telling that idiot this would be the deciding factor for days.

I have to give ZUFFA props, they are really trying for Eddie.

It's not the "deciding factor" unless a judge agrees.

1/20/13 1:39 PM
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TheMentalisT - "Alvarez's lawyers can also feasibly argue that this specific pay-per-view, which will be headlined by an incredibly controversial and well publicized title bout between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, has favorable potential to generate buys toward the higher end of that pay-per-view revenue spectrum. These are figures that Bellator, which has yet to promote a pay-per-event, could have to prove it can match as early as Friday's hearing"



BAM. Where is that fuckin troll, Goku? I been telling that idiot this would be the deciding factor for days.

I have to give ZUFFA props, they are really trying for Eddie.

bam what tard? it sounds like they have CHANGED their original offer so they are GUARANTEEING a ppv..the previous offer did NOT guarantee a ppv...

 

and im not so sure they can even change their offer because by the terms of bellators contract, he had to offer bellator whatever initial offer he got from zuffa...

 

sounds like zuffa is trying to do an end around by claiming that the bout agreement supplements the original contract, but do bout agreements typically include financial terms like this?

1/20/13 1:40 PM
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TheMentalisT - "Alvarez's lawyers can also feasibly argue that this specific pay-per-view, which will be headlined by an incredibly controversial and well publicized title bout between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, has favorable potential to generate buys toward the higher end of that pay-per-view revenue spectrum. These are figures that Bellator, which has yet to promote a pay-per-event, could have to prove it can match as early as Friday's hearing"



BAM. Where is that fuckin troll, Goku? I been telling that idiot this would be the deciding factor for days.

I have to give ZUFFA props, they are really trying for Eddie.

It's not the "deciding factor" unless a judge agrees.


this as well...

1/20/13 1:41 PM
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Looks like Bellator getting a mill on spike has got them thinking
1/20/13 1:44 PM
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I think UFC 159 does easily over 1,000,000 buys.  This would be an enormous payday for Eddie.  I hope Bjorn doesn't screw him.

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That would mean Eddie would be fighting someone like Jim Miller on that card. Eddie would have a shit on of the Philly boys show up and Miller will bring in his Jersey area fans.
1/20/13 1:59 PM
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Sike! Eddie (and OP)has the game twisted. Instead of taking Bellator to court and arguing that matching offers don't match, he should have just let zuffa continue upping the offers. Or change all the contingency incentives to guarantees.
Team Alvarez doesn't understand that zuffa's blowing smoke up their butts. Just ask Rampage.
He needs to understand that Zuffa can make concrete offers that Bellator cannot match. If Bellator can even pretend to match their offer, it's too low. Zuffa can make more off Eddie than Bellator can, so they can offer a lot more 75 plus 75.
Seems like everyone is afraid to acknowledge that Zuffas run by Mafia git who think it's cool to pimp fighters the way the mob did black musicians pre-1975.


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