Eddie Alvarez's UFC offer includes immediate title shot, pay-per-view cut

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Budgellism
1/9/13 9:09:45PM
If Eddie Alvarez frees himself from Bellator, he stands not only to become an immediate UFC lightweight title challenger but also to profit handsomely from pay-per-view sales.

But if he stays with Bellator, the 28-year-old fighter won't be in the poorhouse, either.

A UFC contract offers Alvarez an immediate title shot in March and a cut of the promotion's pay-per-view profits, according to an exhibit in a lawsuit Bellator MMA filed against the 28-year-old fighter, a copy of which today was obtained by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

An eight-fight deal starts Alvarez at $70,000 to show and $70,000 to win and raises in $5,000 increments with each win until it tops out at a guaranteed $210,000 for a win, the exhibit states. Alvarez is also guaranteed a $250,000 signing bonus, payable in two installments of $85,000 and one of $80,000.

When Alvarez fights on a UFC pay-per-view broadcast, the offer entitles him to $1 for each "buy" between 200,000 and 400,000 buys, $2 per buy between 400,000 and 600,000 buys, and $2.50 per buy over 600,000 buys.

Additionally, Alvarez is guaranteed a fight on a UFC on FOX card and three appearances as a commentator at UFC-branded events.

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Poor_Franklin
1/9/13 9:16:22PM
FREE EDDIE!!!!!
sparky
1/9/13 9:17:59PM
I dont see how Bellator can match this offer to be honest. I'd love to see Alvarez vs Henderson please UFC make this deal happen
Twenty20Dollars
1/9/13 9:27:26PM

Posted by sparky

I dont see how Bellator can match this offer to be honest. I'd love to see Alvarez vs Henderson please UFC make this deal happen



Already matched it. Only has to match guaranteed money, not projected ppv money.

UFC paid Lombard more money, but UFC willing to give Alvarez title shot.

I hope the SF champs get title shots, would only seem fair as they are actual champs right now, Alvarez lost his.
Manak
1/9/13 9:46:14PM
wow didnt expect the immediate title shot...seems like ufc is over paying to screw bellator
prozacnation1978
1/9/13 9:48:10PM
If I was Eddie I would plan the great escape from bellator

Title shot in march ???

If Eddie gets shot. Melendez vs cerrone/ Pettis winner
Copenhagen
1/9/13 9:53:50PM
Anyone saw Benson's disapproval on Twitter about what Eddie's been offered by the UFC?
I bet this validation of the offer doesn't sit too well with him.


Edit:
To note: Benson is on a 39k/39k right now.
(And before anyone who thinks they are smart says something....Yes, we all know that isn't all he gets paid, but the fact is: it is his base pay.)
postman
1/9/13 10:07:45PM

Posted by Copenhagen

Anyone saw Benson's disapproval on Twitter about what Eddie's been offered by the UFC?
I bet this validation of the offer doesn't sit too well with him.


Edit:
To note: Benson is on a 39k/39k right now.
(And before anyone who thinks they are smart says something....Yes, we all know that isn't all he gets paid, but the fact is: it is his base pay.)

its also what he agreed to fight for. Its a mystery to me how ppl can say anything about a deal another fighter cut for himself.
Copenhagen
1/9/13 10:13:18PM
Agreed, he (or his management) may be the biggest to blame.
It was bumped up 9k from his UFC 150 base pay, so they may bump it up again hopefully.
MoparJR253
1/9/13 10:46:12PM
Dont like it. I think the guy should have to prove himself in the ufc. He should get a top guy for sure... just not Benson.
isk
1/10/13 12:03:17AM
I'm actually okay with it, for a few reasons. If any one of them weren't in place, I'd feel a lot less enthusiastic.

1) Eddie Alvarez is an incredible fighter with a thrilling style. Sure, he's coming over after losing the belt, but much like Luke Rockhold in SF, Michael Chandler looks to be a special kind of athlete. No shame in that, and for me, it was one of the top 5 fights of the year. To put that in perspective, I'm including Jung/Poirier and Miller/Lauzon in there, and I can't pick between any of them. They're all that good.

2) Alvarez is entering his prime, and he'll likely be there for 4-6 years. Lighter fighters age faster than heavier ones, in that they start to lose speed in divisions where everyone's pretty quick and the next generation has more rounded skillsets (look at Garza/Hominick for a recent example, or Miguel Torres' last 2 fights). He needs to get paid the big bucks as quickly as possible, for as long as possible.

3) The UFC LW division doesn't have a clear standout contender at the moment, not like a Frankie Edgar or Nate Diaz. Presuming that the Cerrone/Pettis fight is as exciting as I expect, I'd set the winner for the next title shot. But outside of that, I don't see anyone who both presents an interesting challenge to Bendo that he hasn't fought before - and as good of an opponent as both Cerrone and Pettis would be, they were in fights with Bendo that I wager 90% of this board's readership have already seen. On top of that, if Jose Aldo beats Edgar and moves up to LW like he's been discussing publicly, I wouldn't want him to wait too long - or Alvarez to wait or, even worse, lose to a contender and remain in that nebulous mix.

4) Alvarez is a smart businessman with equally smart management. It's obvious the UFC wants him, so he's leveraging his product against their demand. Additionally, Bellator has one of the most competitive contracts out there. I don't see it as a shady thing - they're protecting their own interests with the intent of ensuring their best fighters are paid well. As long as this thing is wrapped up in the next month, I have no problems with it.

Taking all of these into effect, it's almost exactly the perfect time for Alvarez to move to the UFC.
MuayThaiGeek13
1/10/13 12:17:47AM

Posted by MoparJR253

Dont like it. I think the guy should have to prove himself in the ufc. He should get a top guy for sure... just not Benson.



This

But I do think Melendez deserves an immediate title shot. Also since they're virtually just stripping away his belt.
tcunningham
1/10/13 12:43:42AM

Posted by MuayThaiGeek13


Posted by MoparJR253

Dont like it. I think the guy should have to prove himself in the ufc. He should get a top guy for sure... just not Benson.



This

But I do think Melendez deserves an immediate title shot. Also since they're virtually just stripping away his belt.



i agree that eddie shouldn't get a title shot that quick. i think he fights a guy like Diaz or jim miller. if he stomps them then yeah, give him a shot. i think melendez deserves a title shot as much as eddie even though i think eddie is would destroy melendez. it's just out of principal and i really really want to see eddie in the ufc. he has been one of my favorite fighters since he fought in japan.
RhythmAndStyle
1/10/13 12:54:08AM
imo..i think Alvarez woulda came to UFC, even if they didnt offer a title shot..its the big show, everyone wants to be on that stage..i really dont think Eddie is gonna do much thou..he's def gonna have some exciting matches..but alot of UFC top LWs are gonna give him a run..and all of them get under paid compared to Eddie's offer..
george112
1/10/13 1:03:32AM
Too good a deal IMO. But hey why not take that shit!?

The only problem is is he HAS to win and KEEP winning. Dana won't pay the big bucks for a loser
postman
1/10/13 9:07:36AM

Posted by MuayThaiGeek13


Posted by MoparJR253

Dont like it. I think the guy should have to prove himself in the ufc. He should get a top guy for sure... just not Benson.



This

But I do think Melendez deserves an immediate title shot. Also since they're virtually just stripping away his belt.



I think its pretty clear the UFC is not a fight league. A league would have structure and you would earn a shot. The way it is now they are going to put whoever they want in that best suits thier needs. It is a business and that business is getting as many ppl to watch their product and not the other guys. So take the biggest star from Bellator and give him a shot. They would promote him as the baddest dude outside of the UFC. He comes in and gets beat it just shows the other Orgs champs are simply club champs. If he wins then you have a mega star.
Bubbles
1/10/13 12:44:29PM

Posted by Copenhagen

Agreed, he (or his management) may be the biggest to blame.
It was bumped up 9k from his UFC 150 base pay, so they may bump it up again hopefully.


well when his current contract is over, he can get a much bigger base pay.
pmoney
1/10/13 2:46:59PM

Posted by Bubbles


Posted by Copenhagen

Agreed, he (or his management) may be the biggest to blame.
It was bumped up 9k from his UFC 150 base pay, so they may bump it up again hopefully.


well when his current contract is over, he can get a much bigger base pay.



Exactly. Kind of ironic Bendo is talking shit though. He lost his WEC title before coming over, which hurt his stock. He hasn't been around as long as Alvarez. He hasn't finished one fight in the UFC. And he didn't have another promotion suddenly fall into Viacom money that wanted to retain him. If Bendo keeps winning, and maybe gets a finish, he will certainly get taken care of.

Back on topic though, Alvarez needs to make the jump. Bellator can't offer a fight on Fox. They can offer commentary deals, but again the exposure wouldn't be as big. They can't offer the PPV money.... done deal. Bellator should drop the lawsuit and cut their losses.
bjj1605
1/10/13 4:12:19PM

Posted by postman

I think its pretty clear the UFC is not a fight league. A league would have structure and you would earn a shot. The way it is now they are going to put whoever they want in that best suits thier needs. It is a business and that business is getting as many ppl to watch their product and not the other guys. So take the biggest star from Bellator and give him a shot. They would promote him as the baddest dude outside of the UFC. He comes in and gets beat it just shows the other Orgs champs are simply club champs. If he wins then you have a mega star.



Sad but true.
babalu46
1/10/13 5:15:59PM
Looking at that PPV bonus system does anyone know how many UFC fighters actually have this clause and what this ranks next to them?

On another note is Alvarez actually this big of a PPV pull to warrant all this money? I am definitely excited to see this guy in the UFC I just don't know if the money being thrown at him through this contract is actually of value to the UFC compared to other fighters.
Wolfenstein
1/10/13 5:55:31PM
What Bendo doesn't get is the UFC had to overpay so Bellator wouldn't match their offer. It's that simple.

On top of that Eddie is an exciting fighter with a marketable personality.

Benson on the other hand is a PR nightmare. I would bet the UFC can't wait for him to lose. Remember when Edgar and Bendo showed up for a presser to promote their bout? Eddie had on a nice suit, and Bendo was in sweat pants and a sweat shirt like he just rolled out of bed. Entirely unprofessional. He thinks his bouts will do the selling for him, but it won't...there's just a lot more to selling fights.