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Bellator sues 'betrayed' Eddie Alvarez, fight future in limbo pending lawsuit

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When Eddie Alvarez fulfilled the final fight on his Bellator contract last October, he did so in impressive fashion by disposing of Patricky Freire in the very first round via knockout.

The performance only raised the lightweight's stock further, making him a very hot commodity Bellator clearly wanted to keep and one Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) obviously wanted on its roster. UFC president Dana White knew obtaining the talents of the former 155-pound champion wouldn't be easy. As a matter of fact, the brash head honcho of the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization hinted last week that it would get downright "ugly."

Apparently, White was on to something.

After Zuffa finally made an official contract offer to "The Silent Assassin," Bellator proceeded to match it, leaving the next move up the Lorenzo Fertitta and White, which has yet to be made.

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The take away quote from Alvarez here - "No we don't believe it was matched at all. I want to give details to you guys, but I'm not allowed because were in the middle of a pending lawsuit I guess. All I can say is, like I said on twitter the other day. If I wanted to go to dinner with one guy, and another guy asked me to dinner. And the intentions of guy number one were to take me to fine dining restaurant to eat lobster and the intentions of the second guy is to take me to McDonald's, then guy number two just believes that dinner is dinner. And dinner isn't dinner. There is a huge difference when talking about MacDonald's and fine dining. The two we don't believe are comparable. "

Another interesting part - "He did mention this isn't the first time Bellator has threatened to sue him, just the first they actually followed through."

My once very positive view on Bellator is quickly starting to change.

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Posted by jay98107

My once very positive view on Bellator is quickly starting to change.



Same here. I'm pretty displeased by this and other things they have done this last year.

I wish they'd cut the bullshit to be honest.

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Poor guy. Hate to see him wasting time in this BS when he could be out there making money and providing for his family. Dirty move, Bellator.

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Posted by Budgellism


Posted by jay98107

My once very positive view on Bellator is quickly starting to change.



Same here. I'm pretty displeased by this and other things they have done this last year.

I wish they'd cut the bullshit to be honest.



Agreed. Frankly, I don't see understand what grounds they have to sue Eddie. You either matched the contract or you didn't. Plus, you're not going to build fighter loyalty if you repeatedly threaten to sue your most popular fighter. This doesn't send a great message to the lower tier fighters.

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This reinforces one of my biggest rules in life, never trust someone with a silent j in their first name. Ronald McRebney seems pretty scummy but Eddie probobly knew what he was doing when he signed the contract. Hell be in the UFC but its gonna take a while.

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Posted by jay98107


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Posted by jay98107

My once very positive view on Bellator is quickly starting to change.



Same here. I'm pretty displeased by this and other things they have done this last year.

I wish they'd cut the bullshit to be honest.



Agreed. Frankly, I don't see understand what grounds they have to sue Eddie. You either matched the contract or you didn't. Plus, you're not going to build fighter loyalty if you repeatedly threaten to sue your most popular fighter. This doesn't send a great message to the lower tier fighters.



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Posted by jay98107


Posted by Budgellism


Posted by jay98107

My once very positive view on Bellator is quickly starting to change.



Same here. I'm pretty displeased by this and other things they have done this last year.

I wish they'd cut the bullshit to be honest.



Agreed. Frankly, I don't see understand what grounds they have to sue Eddie. You either matched the contract or you didn't. Plus, you're not going to build fighter loyalty if you repeatedly threaten to sue your most popular fighter. This doesn't send a great message to the lower tier fighters.



I was just thinking that myself. If Bellator isn't careful they will have a bunch of fighters that are not willing to work with them and they will have no one to blame but themselves

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Without knowing the details of the contract all we have is Eddie's word at the moment. Seems crazy to me that Bellator would file a lawsuit if they didn't have a leg to stand on. They are partnered with some pretty big names I can't see them wasting time and money if its as cut and dry as Eddie claims.

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That's nice sue a fighter that pretty much is your biggest fighter and helped get the ball rolling for bellator years back

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sounds to me like eddie needs to cut all ties with bellator. even if bellator could match UFC's offer, eddie still needs to say goodbye to that organization. once lawsuits are threatened or filed, his relationship with bellator will never be the same and he might find that they end up screwing him out of his chances at fame in the UFC.

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Not the first time Bellator has threatened to sue their fighters or whatever. Pretty shady, but not unexpected. Alvarez fulfilled his last fight, so don't know how he betrayed them.

Just more shat

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Alverez's analogy is frighteningly remeniscent of johnny cochoran's chewbacca defense.

::Sometimes dinner is dinner, sometimes dinner isn't just dinner, because sometimes dinner is Chewbacca. But Chewbacca won't eat McDonalds and McDonalds aren't even from Endor! None of that made sense, neither does me being sued!:: ~Lawyered/Alverezed

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Posted by airkerma

Alverez's analogy is frighteningly remeniscent of johnny cochoran's chewbacca defense.



GRRRWAAAAAAARGGGGH !

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Douchey move Bellator

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