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6/26/13 5:48 PM
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When Bellator star Eddie Alvarez finished his contract, we went on the open market and received a signficant offer from the UFC:
•Eight-fight deal;
•Three commentary opportunities;
•$250,000 signing bonus;
•$70,000 to show and and additional; $70,000 to win;
•$5,000 escalation for each additional win, to a maximum of $210,000;
•PLUS a cut of a PPV.

However, Bellator had the right to match the UFC's offer, so they did, literally. The contract was rewritten word for word.

However, as Bellator does not currently run PPV events, Alvarez contends that the UFC offer was not in fact matched. The case has been working through the court system at a glacial pace, and now appears to be slowing.

Steven Marrocco from MMAJunkie has the story.

According to documents filed Monday in U.S. district court, the two parties aren't required to see each other in court until after Sept. 15, 2014, when a pre-trial conference may take place.

That means it could be near the end of 2014 before a jury gets involved, unless a settlement takes place.

The fighter largely has been quiet since giving a series of interviews accusing Bellator of shady behavior after the expiration of his previous contract with the promotion.

Attorneys for Alvarez and Bellator outlined a plan for moving forward with the case, which calls for the discovery portion to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014 and depositions, or out-of-court testimony, by July 28.

Earlier this month, Alvarez and Bellator also signed off on a confidentiality agreement, which means only their respective lawyers will be privy to evidence gathered until the trial.

Read entire article...

Alvarez has not fought since 12 October 2012. Barring a settlement, it appears he will be out for over two years, in the prime of his fighting career.


6/26/13 5:57 PM
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Hope he gets lost wages as part of the final verdict. 

6/26/13 6:05 PM
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inb4 the anti-Zuffa shills try to spin blame on the UFC somehow
6/26/13 6:06 PM
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Jesus. Hope this doesn't waste his career in the end Phone Post 3.0
6/26/13 6:07 PM
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This is fucking terrible. Phone Post
6/26/13 6:08 PM
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FREE EDDIE ALVAREZ!!!!!!!!!
6/26/13 6:08 PM
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Just let the guy fight! I know there's more to it but until Bellator goes to PPV and the royalties are able to reach numbers that would be equivalent that Ed would receive from a UFC PPV then the contract is not the same. Phone Post 3.0
6/26/13 6:10 PM
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Also with the numbers Bellator just had a week ago there's no way people would pay $50 when they wouldn't even watch it on free TV. Phone Post 3.0
6/26/13 6:11 PM
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2 years on the shelf in the prime of his career. Fucking bullshit on Bellator's part.
6/26/13 6:12 PM
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Bellator should cut their loses on this one. The bottom line is Eddie doesn't want to fight for them. Phone Post 3.0
6/26/13 6:15 PM
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That's awful. I feel really bad for Eddie. Phone Post 3.0
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Wow.


This is what will scare fighters from signing with them. Phone Post
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Meh hope he has savings to live off Phone Post
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ha I wouldnt be shocked if bellator goes out of business before then
6/26/13 6:25 PM
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This is BS. Phone Post
6/26/13 6:27 PM
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He will settle with them, no way he can afford to sit out 2 yearsof his prime.

If this were Anderson or GSP or Jones, someone who makes 7 figures a fight they could afford to fight this battle but Eddie already had to sell property to maintain, he cant continue this fight.

This is a lesson for BMMA fighters and even UFC fighters, if you really want to leave that org wait for the matching clause to end.  Had Eddie waited he would have been free in Nov,   4 more months and he would have been able to sign with the UFC. 

Wait out the matching clause.

6/26/13 6:31 PM
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He will settle with them, no way he can afford to sit out 2 yearsof his prime.

If this were Anderson or GSP or Jones, someone who makes 7 figures a fight they could afford to fight this battle but Eddie already had to sell property to maintain, he cant continue this fight.

This is a lesson for BMMA fighters and even UFC fighters, if you really want to leave that org wait for the matching clause to end.  Had Eddie waited he would have been free in Nov,   4 more months and he would have been able to sign with the UFC. 

Wait out the matching clause.


This is exactly what Tony Johnson Jr did with his Bellator contract. He was on the shelf for 2 yrs waiting out his matching clause.
6/26/13 6:33 PM
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Does this make any sense? I know is a matter of principal at this point, but couldn't he have signed with Bellator and then completed the new contract within 2 years? How much money is he losing sitting out?
6/26/13 6:37 PM
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That really sucks for Eddie.  Out for potentially another year? Damn, what a waste.

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Wow this sucks!!! Phone Post 3.0
6/26/13 6:44 PM
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An employee would rather sit on the shelf for 2+ years then work for a company. Says a lot about their relationship. Fucking sad for Alvarez, his family and MMA fans :(
6/26/13 6:45 PM
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You got it all wrong guys. This is really the UFC's fault. If the UFC didn't have a promotion that fighters wanted to jump to this wouldn't be happening. Their stupid monopoly lets them offer fighters more money and health insurance, making it impossible for mom and pop companies like viacom to compete. Bellator literally has no choice here because of what Zuffa is doing to them.
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Sad man.... Phone Post
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