Why White is OK with Alvarez signing with another promotion
Eddie Alvarez took a gamble, and did not re-sign with the UFC prior to the final fight on his contract, which was vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC on FOX 30. Poirier won, leaving Alvarez, 34, in a weaker negotiating position.
UFC president Dana White appeared recently on the UFC Unfiltered podcast and said he understood if Alvarez ends up signing with another promotion.
“I like Eddie Alvarez,” said White, as transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “I like him personally, and I like him professionally. He’s at an age now where he needs to make some decisions for his family and for what will probably be the last contract he signs for the rest of his career. I’m in a place if Eddie wants to go somewhere else and try it, I’m cool with that. If Eddie wants to stay, I’d keep him here too.
“I told him that. I told him, ‘Listen, if you want to finish your career with me I would like that. If you want to finish your career somewhere else, I have no problem with that either, man.’ When guys get to the point where it’s the last contract they’ll ever sign, I understand.”
“At the end of the day, what we’re looking for here are young guys that want to be world champions. Young guys that know they can be a world champion in the UFC. Or girls that know they can be a world champion in the UFC. If you feel that you can’t be and you feel there’s a better decision you can make at this point in your career for the last contract you’ll ever sign, I absolutely understand that.”