UFC President Dana White is obviously a businessman and promoter but his original tie to Mixed Martial Arts was as a fan. As such, regardless of the venom he often spews at athletes he’s personally upset with, White doesn’t like to see fighters suffer. And, as indicated by some recent comments, that’s exactly what White is witnessing when it comes to the way lightweight Eddie Alvarez’s ability to compete has been stymied by an ongoing legal case with former employer Bellator.
“He should fight for [Bellator]. First of all, they have every right – he signed a contract, and they have every right to him. But at least pay the kid the money,” pled White to a group of media members in a conversation captured by MMAJunkie. “(That’s) the reason that you get that clause in your contract where you get out find out what you’re worth. You get to get out there and shop around and see what Eddie Alvarez is worth. Well, Eddie Alvarez found out what he’s worth, and they’ve refused to pay him that. It’s bullsh*t.”
“So now this kid’s life and his career have been in limbo here while they’re in this battle. That’s dirty, boxing sh*t. That’s what boxing does. Boxing tries to tie you up and make so you can’t make any money and all this sh*t. We’ve never done that to anybody, ever,” the frustrated White said in conclusion. “Just pay him or let him go.”
Alvarez inked an offer from the UFC as a restricted free agent earlier this year but Bellator chose to match the terms, at least to a point given their inability to promise PPV or FOX-based revenue. The two camps are now battling it out in court. However, news recently came down stating it could be as late as September 2014 before a resolution is passed down, potentially costing Alvarez two years of his career depending on how things play out.