Shortly after lightweight Eddie Alvarez put opponent Patricky Freire away with a head-kick this past Friday night at Bellator 76, UFC President Dana White sent the 28-year old former champion a Tweet congratulating him on his win and stating the two should talk at some point soon. White’s interest in Alvarez was nothing new, as the outspoken executive was seen sitting with the Philadelphia native at a UFC event earlier this year and has gone on record as saying he’d love to bring the talented 155er on board when possible.

Now, with Alvarez’s deal with Bellator having expired, White is officially on the hunt to land himself a 24-3 competitor with 21 stoppages and wins over a number of notable opponents.

“Eddie Alvarez’s contract is up (so) we’re gonna talk to him soon. We’re definitely interested in him and we have been for a while,” confirmed White in a conversation with media members after the UFC 153 post-fight presser. “I don’t know what the stipulations on his contract are, whether we can talk to him now or there’s more time. We’ll dive in and we’ll see what happens.”

MMAFighting was on hand and captured White’s statements on video.

Though Bellator retains the right to match any offer Alvarez receives over the next few months, even CEO Bjorn Rebney has said he was fairly certain the Bellator original would sign with the world’s foremost MMA promotion. Considering the polished pugilist’s accomplishments, it’s easy to understand why the UFC would want him on their roster too. Alvarez has come out triumphant in nine of his last ten tilts including success against the likes of Roger Huerta, Josh Neer, Pat Curran, and Shinya Aoki.