The Bellator Fighting Championships announced earlier this month that it had signed former WAMMA lightweight title challenger Eddie Alvarez to an exclusive contract.
“Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of top-ranked Eddie Alvarez,” a recent press released issued by the promotion stated. “Alvarez will compete in the lightweight (155 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament style events which premiere on ESPN Deportes in April 2009.”
However, Alvarez’s involvement with Bellator’s lightweight tournament might not yet be a done deal. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that Alvarez’s contract with ProElite-owned EliteXC is one of 41 agreements acquired by Strikeforce during this week’s acquisition of select assets.
Despite the uncertainty, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney insisted Alavrez has an exclusive deal with his promotion when contacted by Five Ounces of Pain for comment on Friday.
“Eddie’s one of the best lightweights in MMA and our exclusive long-term promotional agreement with him will see him fighting in our tournament this April on ESPN Deportes and in a collection of Bellator events in the coming years,” Rebney stated in an e-mail. “Our company’s relationship with Monte (Cox) is very strong and we will be working directly with Monte to maximize Eddie’s overall positioning in the sport.”
Upon being contact by Five Ounces of Pain, Cox confirmed that Alvarez’s ProElite contract had been acquired by Strikeforce but supported Rebney’s position and reaffirmed his client’s planned involvement with Bellator’s lightweight tournament.
According to Cox, Alvarez’s primary promotional rights belong to Adrenaline MMA and that contracts with companies such as EliteXC and DREAM are superseded by Alvarez’s pact with Cox. However, the long-time manager and promoter added that a meeting with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker could be neccessary to clarify any confusion over Alvarez’s contractual committments.