Before lightweight Eddie Alvarez landed a timely head-kick knocking out Patricky Freire last week at Bellator 76, in the minds of many fans, the talented 155er had already been inked to a UFC deal even though he’d yet to actually meet with any officials from the organization on that front. Though the interest of UFC President Dana White is certainly no secret, the reality is the restricted free agent can negotiate with other promotions with Bellator reserving the right to match any offers he receives over the next few months.

While that may only delay what scores feel is inevitable – Alvarez will sign a UFC contract – the 28-year old is actually keeping an open mind in terms of where his next match-up will take place.

“I’m going to go to the highest bidder. That’s how it’s going to go. If anybody judges me or tells me I’m wrong because of that, I’m sorry. I have a different situation than maybe whoever’s judging me, but my services are going 100-percent to the highest bidder,” confirmed Alvarez in an interview with Sherdog Radio. “Starting next year, Bellator’s going to be a serious, serious promotion to reckon with. I’m happy to be in the family and happy to work with the guys. We’ll see what happens.”

With Bellator’s move to Spike TV this coming January, the increased support from Viacom could provide Alvarez with some lucrative opportunities to stay with the company he’s called home for more than three years. Likewise, ONE FC made a dent on the MMA scene in 2012 and even stole bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes away from the UFC with a better offer.

Regardless of where he lands, Alvarez is excited about the future and couldn’t be more pleased with how things are playing out.

“To be able to end my contract with a win is great. To end it with a head-kick knockout is beyond expectations,” he concluded.

The 24-3 Alvarez has won nine of his last ten fights with 21 total finishes to his credit. Among the notable opponents he’s beaten in his career are the likes of Roger Huerta, Josh Neer, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Shinya Aoki.