Eddie Alvarez Situation Still Not Settled, Dana White Expects Things to Get “Ugly”

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grappler0000
12/28/12 10:48:46AM
It appears Eddie Alvarez’s free agency won’t be coming to an end in the near future without a fight happening first but it’s not a battle in the cage.

No, the battle is likely to take place in negotiations because the former Bellator lightweight champion appears locked in a fight between the two suitors who both want to sign him.

Following Alvarez’s last fight, he officially became a free agent after competing under the Bellator banner for the last few years. While the promotion retained a matching period to offer Alvarez equal money to that of any other organization courting his services, they allowed him to seek out the best deal before they decided if they would try to re-sign him or not...

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Theoutlaw08
12/28/12 10:53:54AM
Dana just get it done. Who cares how ugly it gets. Throw money at the dude.
airkerma
12/28/12 11:04:56AM

Posted by Theoutlaw08

Dana just get it done. Who cares how ugly it gets. Throw money at the dude.


I agree. So many fans want to see him in the UFC, why risk losing a decent draw to the competition?
jjeans
12/28/12 11:05:48AM
Danas a business man and a very smart guy. As I said in another thread. Alvarez needs money, it's the world we live in. The UFC doesn't need Alvarez. Bellator wants Alvarez. Alvarez's situation is simple if he goes to the UFC it won't be anywhere near the money he would expect from the best promotion in the world. If he stays in bellator he'll receive a pay increase and it'll be one hell of a lot more than the UFC but his future is shallow.

He needs to consider his own potential, can he risk a small pay packet with big money coming in later if he's successful, or just take good money with no real career risk.

Tough question and I'm sure many people have been in this position, in MMA and in any job in the world
grappler0000
12/28/12 11:09:03AM
For those that didn't read the article, there's nothing more Dana/UFC can do at the moment. The offer has been made and now Bellator has to decide whether they'll match or not.
sparky
12/28/12 11:24:53AM

Posted by airkerma


Posted by Theoutlaw08

Dana just get it done. Who cares how ugly it gets. Throw money at the dude.


I agree. So many fans want to see him in the UFC, why risk losing a decent draw to the competition?



Well put brother
Shawn91111
12/28/12 11:52:44AM

Posted by jjeans

Danas a business man and a very smart guy. As I said in another thread. Alvarez needs money, it's the world we live in. The UFC doesn't need Alvarez. Bellator wants Alvarez. Alvarez's situation is simple if he goes to the UFC it won't be anywhere near the money he would expect from the best promotion in the world. If he stays in bellator he'll receive a pay increase and it'll be one hell of a lot more than the UFC but his future is shallow.

He needs to consider his own potential, can he risk a small pay packet with big money coming in later if he's successful, or just take good money with no real career risk.

Tough question and I'm sure many people have been in this position, in MMA and in any job in the world




How much is Bellators offer compared to the UFC's again?
Theoutlaw08
12/28/12 12:03:03PM

Posted by grappler0000

For those that didn't read the article, there's nothing more Dana/UFC can do at the moment. The offer has been made and now Bellator has to decide whether they'll match or not.



I understand that (and read the article, whether or not you were calling me out for it)...my point was, whatever they come back with, top it, and continue to top it, until he's in the UFC. He's too big of a name and too good of a fighter to not be in the UFC and fighting with the best around.
grappler0000
12/28/12 12:25:35PM

Posted by Theoutlaw08


Posted by grappler0000

For those that didn't read the article, there's nothing more Dana/UFC can do at the moment. The offer has been made and now Bellator has to decide whether they'll match or not.



I understand that (and read the article, whether or not you were calling me out for it)...my point was, whatever they come back with, top it, and continue to top it, until he's in the UFC. He's too big of a name and too good of a fighter to not be in the UFC and fighting with the best around.



I wasn't trying to call you out, so I hope it didn't seem that way. There was just a general sense of the article not being read, based on the comments. As far as the bold above, I think that's exactly what will happen. When Dana said he expects it to get ugly, I believe that is the exact reason why.
cowcatcher
12/28/12 12:50:40PM

Posted by grappler0000


Posted by Theoutlaw08


Posted by grappler0000

For those that didn't read the article, there's nothing more Dana/UFC can do at the moment. The offer has been made and now Bellator has to decide whether they'll match or not.



I understand that (and read the article, whether or not you were calling me out for it)...my point was, whatever they come back with, top it, and continue to top it, until he's in the UFC. He's too big of a name and too good of a fighter to not be in the UFC and fighting with the best around.



I wasn't trying to call you out, so I hope it didn't seem that way. There was just a general sense of the article not being read, based on the comments. As far as the bold above, I think that's exactly what will happen. When Dana said he expects it to get ugly, I believe that is the exact reason why.



Do they even have the option to make a counter offer should Bellator match the original offer? Generally when an organization has the option of matching an outside organization's offer, should they do so, they win the person's services so the outside org. has to toss a pretty high offer out there from the get go. I have ZERO idea how the Bellator matching offer thing works though, so I'm just speculating. For all I know, the UFC could very well be able to make a counter offer should Bellator match their original contract for Eddie, I'm just spitballing here.
grappler0000
12/28/12 1:07:23PM
To my understanding, Bellator has the opportunity to match any offers during the matching period. I don't believe there is a limit on the number of offers, although I'm not certain.
prozacnation1978
12/28/12 2:12:59PM
I dont think the Ufc needs him
They just got all strikeforce fighters. I hope they sign him
Eddie would be crazy to go back to bellator. I do think Dana will empty the bank for him.
Right now Alvarez vs Maynard or Diaz sounds good
Theoutlaw08
12/28/12 2:13:55PM

Posted by grappler0000


Posted by Theoutlaw08


Posted by grappler0000

For those that didn't read the article, there's nothing more Dana/UFC can do at the moment. The offer has been made and now Bellator has to decide whether they'll match or not.



I understand that (and read the article, whether or not you were calling me out for it)...my point was, whatever they come back with, top it, and continue to top it, until he's in the UFC. He's too big of a name and too good of a fighter to not be in the UFC and fighting with the best around.



I wasn't trying to call you out, so I hope it didn't seem that way. There was just a general sense of the article not being read, based on the comments. As far as the bold above, I think that's exactly what will happen. When Dana said he expects it to get ugly, I believe that is the exact reason why.



It sounded a little bit like it, but its cool, Im sure it wasnt intended. I just wanted to get my point across. It sounds like everyone just wants this to happen. I'd love to see him fight for the belt in his first UFC fight.
Budgellism
12/28/12 2:44:02PM
I really hope he goes with the UFC and Bellator bows out. There are so many great match ups there for him. Although, I'd get excited for Alvarez vs. basically anyone in the LW division.
tcunningham
12/28/12 7:50:38PM
they needs to make the fans happy and sign eddie. i dont really care if it gets ugly