Bjorn Rebney: Eddie Alvarez Still Has Five Months Left On His ContractEver since Eddie Alvarez dropped his Bellator Lightweight title in a classic four round war to Michael Chandler, speculation began about the possibility of the "American Knuckle Star" possibly joining the ranks of the UFC. The only way back to a title shot for Alvarez would be to go through the famous Bellator tournament format, something that no longer interested Alvarez.
The 28 year old would next get his dream rematch with Shinya Aoki, a chance to avenge his first round submission loss back in 2008. After blasting through Aoki, the talk of a UFC switch intensified, with many fans thinking its a matter of when, not if, Alvarez followed fellow Bellator superstar Hector Lombard to the UFC.
Always one to speak honestly, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed to the guys over at MMAWeekly.com that his lightweight star is not quite a free agent yet, and that there is no deal in place with him and the UFC right now:
"We're talking to him; we'll see what happens. We may cut a deal with Ed. We may not cut a deal with Ed. We've got about another five months left on our current relationship with Ed and another fight, so we may do another fight with Ed. There's a lot of different alternatives. ... Right now our eye is on the ball with doing one more fight with Ed, but you never really know in a contractual situation like this."
Alvarez (23-3) has so far amassed a 7-1 record in Bellator, won the first ever Bellator lightweight tournament, won and defended the lightweight title once, and notched huge wins over Roger Huerta, Shinya Aoki, Pat Curran and Josh Neer.
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Published by Lee Rabey - Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:32