As the legal battle between Bellator and its former lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez continues on, UFC boss man Dana White thinks the highly regarded fighter should go ahead and fight for the rival promotion. Considering there’s no court date set to arrive until September, 2014, Alvarez could go nearly two years without fighting. That’s not going to be good for anybody.
White recently discussed the Alvarez situation with MMA Junkie.com, as the UFC offered a contract to Alvarez when he became a free agent several months ago, but Bellator is arguing they’ve matched the offer (which is their contractual right). Now lawyers and judges will determine whether that’s true, and in the meantime, Alvarez is forced to sit on the shelf.
As a result, White was quoted saying in the aforementioned report:
“He should fight for [Bellator]. First of all, they have every right – he signed a contract, and they have every right to him. But at least pay the kid the money. (That’s) the reason that you get that clause in your contract where you get out find out what you’re worth. You get to get out there and shop around and see what Eddie Alvarez is worth. Well, Eddie Alvarez found out what he’s worth, and they’ve refused to pay him that. It’s bulls—.”
The story points out that White is referring to the pay-per-view revenue Alvarez would have been able to make with the UFC. Since Alvarez (24-3) is one of the planet’s top fighters who’s never fought in the Octagon before, chances are the 29 year-old would have worked his way into a PPV slot with the UFC. Bellator, of course, is likely arguing their offer matches that revenue.
At any rate, hopefully something gets worked out sooner rather than later, so MMA fans can see Alvarez throw down again. The only man to defeat Alvarez in his last ten fights is current Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler.