Eddie AlvarezWhen lightweight Eddie Alvarez completed his contracted run with Bellator it seemed like it would only be a matter of time before the talented 155er ended up inside the Octagon. Now his potential debut in the infamous eight-sided cage has taken a major step towards becoming a reality.

According to Sports Illustrated, the world’s foremost MMA promotion recently presented Alvarez’s camp with an offer to join the UFC roster. Though specifics were not discussed, it’s likely to involve a significant pay hike from his old stomping grounds. However, in co-ordinance with his previous deal, Bellator has two weeks to match the UFC’s terms and is already in the process of exploring the upside of doing so.

At 24-3, Alvarez is considered to be one of the top lightweights in the sport. 21 of his wins have involved some form of stoppage including those in recent rumbles against Patricky Freire and Shinya Aoki. Other notable opponents Alvarez has taken out during his run in the ring include Tatsuya Kawajiri, Josh Neer, Roger Huerta, and Pat Curran.