Well, it looks like Bellator is not out of the figurative horse race that is going to happen to secure former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez’s fighting future. That is because Eddie has now said that his services will go to the highest bidder, and that is the bottom line. This means that nothing will happen for certain given that there is a 90 day no compete clause in Alvarez’s contract which means that no one can negotiate with him except Bellator during this period. UFC president Dana White has made it public that he is highly interested in him, as Alvarez will wait to see the UFC offer before he decides. According to Alvarez he does not care what anyone thinks either.
“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.”
Alvarez seems to be preempting what will surely be a storm of criticism because of his statements. In all honesty, he is just like any other free agent in any sport, he goes to whoever will pay the most. Plus, at 28 he is entering the prime of his career, and while winning championships, breaking records, and becoming a star is all fine providing for his family is what he really wants. He does not want to be a fighter that has no money in his account, no future beyond fighting, and working a dead end job when his career ends. The only way to secure his future is with money, and no one can blame him for that.
In the meantime, the former Philly native says he will be working construction to keep in shape during this short layoff for negotiations.
“I still call my boss and see if he has work for me,” Alvarez said. “I felt like doing that work, even though I was undersized at welterweight, doing the concrete work, I was so much stronger than a lot of the guys I was fighting, because of the concrete work. So I still tell him, if he has a lot of concrete at the yard to pour or something that will give me a good workout, I’ll get strength and conditioning in and just work for him. It’s humbling, a lot of construction guys think I’m full of shit, they don’t believe that’s what I do. So I just try to keep my head down and push the barrels and work. What they say is they go ‘you wouldn’t have to be out here if you were a good fighter,’ something like that. I’m like ‘you’re right, I don’t have to be out here. – MMAJunkie Radio”