It was reported a few weeks ago that the UFC had not offered former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez a contract yet. Well, it looks like Dana White finally got around to making an offer, and according to Bjorn Rebney they have received a deal from the UFC. This is standard procedure, due to the fact that Bellator has two weeks to match or beat the offer per the contract Alvarez signed when he made his initial deal with Bellator.
Rebney has made it known that he would like to keep Alvarez in the Bellator fold, and he may be able to, since reports that Bellator has the capability of matching what Alvarez was offered by the UFC. Even though Bellator has initiated a championship rematch clause for title fights, that does not effect Alvarez since the clause is not retroactive to when he lost his belt.
Hector Lombard may be another reason that Bellator is able to match the deal. When Lombard became a free agent, the UFC offered him a ton of money in signing bonuses, and a reported $300,000 per fight, as well as a cut of PPV buys. Why would they do that? He was exciting, had a huge win streak, and they thought he could challenge Anderson Silva for the title. Unfortunately, he didn’t perform in his debut and lost to Tim Boestch. While it’s not known, it is a good possibility that Lombard under-performing could have affected the deal that they gave Alvarez. Only time will tell what will come of Alvarez’s career future.