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Eddie Alvarez: “We will be going to trial and there will be NO settlement.”

Eddie Alvarez - MMAWEEKLYIf all had gone according to plan, lightweight Eddie Alvarez would have made his Octagon debut last weekend at UFC 159 after signing a deal on the heels of his extended run under the Bellator banner. Unfortunately, Bellator intervened, claiming to offer Alvarez a counter-offer equivalent to the UFC’s contract, and Alvarez has been stuck in legal limbo ever since.

Though little has been resolved in his dispute with Bellator, Alvarez recently offered up an update on the situation, taking to Twitter where he said the break in action has taken a toll on him financially but wouldn’t deter him from fighting his former employers as long as necessary to resolve the issue.

“We will be going to trial and there will be NO settlement. I want to see this thing through and let the truth come out in the end,” wrote Alvarez in a series of messages. “I am in no hurry. This has always been a marathon for me, not a sprint, and time will only make me more dangerous when I fight, I promise.”

The 29-year old also confirmed he was joining the Blackzilians on a full time basis with the goal of training as though he had a match-up on the horizon in order to stay sharp just in case his legal matters are handled sooner than expected.

“I recently just sold an investment property in order to wait this trial thing out. I didn’t want to sell it. It was supposed to be a retirement thing but that’s how sh*t goes,” explained Alvarez. “Very happy it’s sold and I’m packing now. I am taking the funds from the sale of the home and moving to Florida with me and my family. I leave in a few days to search out a rental.”

“Miami has unsanctioned fights somewhere for cash. Told my wife I might need to take the drive down there on the weekend to stay sharp,” joked Alvarez, pointing at another avenue he can explore if his bank account starts running low or his legal battle with Bellator runs long.

Alvarez hasn’t fought since October when he knocked out Patricky Freire in the first frame of their fight. He holds an overall record of 24-3 including 21 stoppages and wins in nine of his last ten tilts.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    fucking love Eddie, dont care for the politics, just wanna see him fight again

  • climbarock says:

    I don’t understand what Bellator is doing here. The relationship between Eddie and the Bellator brass has obviously gone sour. Even if they win their lawsuit, what’s next? Keep a disgruntled employee in your organization? There are 99 problems with doing that…

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Didn’t the owner of Bellator (forgot his name and it’s not in the article) release an interview/statement a few months ago saying him and Eddie had sat down and talked it all out, and that Eddie was now happy to stay with Bellator and they were good friends again?

  • Angry Mike says:

    His name is Bjorne Rebney. And if he thinks he can screw up Eddie’s career and his deal with UFC and drag him through the court system and still be Eddie’s pal, he’s either delusional or a double talking shyster.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    I’m surprised a boss would want to keep a fighter who obviously doesn’t want to be there.
    At the same time, Alverez needs to have one more fight against Chandler before he goes.


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