Gilbert Milendez vs Eddie Alvarez, champ vs champ in the works
It looks like the co-promotions with Strikeforce may keep coming as Bellator Fight Championship has distributed a press release calling for a fight between Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (20-2) and Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Milendez (18-2).
“If the stars align and we can work out all the terms and conditions and timing, we’d do it,” Coker told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “Of course we would. Why wouldn’t we? Let’s go do this.”
Talks of a matchup between the two champions first started on friday when Melendez was a guest on HDNET’s Inside MMA program. Melendez had this to say:
“I think he’s an amazing fighter, and that’s why I call out Eddie Alvarez,” Melendez said. “Let’s unify those titles. I’d love to fight that guy and test myself. I think if I could beat him, I could be No. 1 and vice versa.”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was also very eager to setup the fight following Alvarez’s win in the superfight against Josh Neer.
“I will do everything I can to get Gilbert what he asked for,” Rebney stated. “Gilbert wants the fight, Eddie wants the fight, and I want the fight. All we have to do is get Scott Coker on board, and together, we can make this happen. Eddie wants to fight the best, and Gilbert wants to fight the best, and there is no reason why any promoter or network should stand in the way of that.”