If you follow The former Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez on Twitter, you know that he has been struggling with deciding where his next fight will take place. On top of that he will now also deal with a lawsuit from his former, long-time employers at Bellator, as he explained during The MMAHour.
The main conflict is not verified, but from the sound of it, it’s in regards to the ‘matched’ offer from Bellator not being accepted, which his contract calls for. The Blackzillian member was adamant in saying it is NOT a match, comparing the UFC offer to the Bellator offer as a man being given two courted dinners, a high-end steak and lobster dinner and a McDonald’s dinner.
Alvarez may have been quiet in the media on his discontent for the company, but following the lawsuit, the gloves have come off.
“Everyone’s heard that Bellator has match and whatnot,” said Eddie Alvarez. “it’s a difficult situation. We went to settlement a couple days ago. We had a settlement meeting where everything was supposed to get worked out. I was sued maybe 30 minutes after that. There’s a lot of tension in the air.
“We don’t believe it was matched at all. I wanted to give details but I can’t because we’re in the middle of a pending lawsuit. If I want to go to dinner with one guy and another guy asked me to dinner. If the attention of one guy is to take me to a fine dining restaurant and the other guy wants to take me to McDonald’s, guy #2 just thinks dinner’s dinner.
“They’re going to the media and saying they matched the offer, but in our opinion they didn’t match at all. The terms are not the same.
“If this goes in front of anyone in court, they’re going to see that this is not a match. The truth is this is disappointing. I gave a lot to Bellator and I don’t get much back in return.
“If it was a match I’d be more than happy to honor the contract. I would have no problem going to fight for Bellator. I’d love to fight the Ben Henderson’s and Gil Melendez’s. The issues has to do with being fair. The contract says at the end we get to match this contract. I said yes to that four years ago. In our eyes it is not a match. This is the difference of a lot of money.
“It’s up to the court now, man. I’m being sued. it’s going up before a judge. I think it will become very clear
“it wasn’t a Hector Lombard deal, but it was a good deal. And I consider a much bettor deal than what Bellator’s offering.
“Tried to make an offer to make it fair. We offered a number, it was less than projected UFC offer. The conversation was over in less tha a minute, like “No way”. It wasn’t a half hour after that that I had a lawsuit.
“This has been most violent, most tactical, most heartless battle I have ever been in and I don’t have gloves or a mouthpiece in.“
“This is not the first time I have been threatened by Bellator with a lawsuit.“
“This is the worst fight I’ve ever been in. It’s been the most tactical, heartless fight I’ve ever been in”