Eddie Alvarez: Bellator does not have a fight lined up for me, their lawyers are telling bold-faced lies

Yesterday, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and former Bellator Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez appeared on “The MMA Hour” to discuss his current and ongoing struggle with Alvarez’ contract dispute. While Rebney was on hand stating that you have to give a little to get something back, Alvarez seemed to take a more frustrated tone. The battle seems to be dragging on forever, as a federal judge denied Alvarez’ request for an injuction. This prevented his possible UFC debut at the upcoming UFC 159. Rebney started off the conversation by stating:

“I just remain hopeful that we can get it resolved. And I think a good resolution to something like this is always 120-percent preferable to continuing to let there be conflict and let there be a court case.

It means a resolution that puts Eddie back into the Bellator cage. You know in any situation like this where there is a conflict, you have to be willing to give.

You have to be willing to mold. You have to be willing to accept less than you might otherwise have accepted in some circumstances. It’s just the nature of trying to reach resolution instead of putting your foot down hard in the ground and saying, ‘It’s going to be our way or no way.’ That’s just not the way I run a company, and it’s not the way that I think you can effectively approach a conflict if you’re hoping to get it resolved for everyone’s benefit.”

These words may seem like he wants Alvarez to fight on his terms, and not head for the greener patures that the UFC promises. Indeed, it was thought that Bellator had given Alvarez free reign to explore other opportutnities when his contract expired. However, that is definitely not the case. Alvarez claims that Bellator is not trying to effectively get him back in the cage, and are telling quite the good amount of lies in front of judges in order to draw out the process further:

“The attorneys of Bellator, and these people with Viacom and Spike, they’re telling bold-faced lies to the judge,” Alvarez fumed. “The judges asks if they had a fight lined up for me. ‘Do you have a fight, a pay-per-view fight, lined up for Eddie Alvarez?’ And the guy waited a second, he looked to the side, he figured out whether to he was going to lie or not, and then decided that, ‘Yeah, I’m going to lie. Because if don’t lie, then Eddie Alvarez is going to win this injunction.’ So he tells the judge, ‘We have the fight for him. We have it. We have it, it’s signed, sealed, we have the fight.’ And then Mike Chandler does an interview two days later saying, ‘We never heard anything about a fight with Eddie Alvarez. Anything.’ And I know that he didn’t hear anything. I know from inside sources that they don’t have anything.
“It’s frustrating, man, because they didn’t have to prove to the judge whether they could do a pay-per-view or not. They didn’t have to prove anything during the injunction trial. So I was told I couldn’t fight, because they don’t have to prove anything.
“Whoever’s doing this, things don’t add up,”

“The attorneys of Bellator, and these people with Viacom and Spike, they’re telling bold-faced lies to the judge. The judges asks if they had a fight lined up for me. ‘Do you have a fight, a pay-per-view fight, lined up for Eddie Alvarez?’ And the guy waited a second, he looked to the side, he figured out whether to he was going to lie or not, and then decided that, ‘Yeah, I’m going to lie. Because if don’t lie, then Eddie Alvarez is going to win this injunction.’

So he tells the judge, ‘We have the fight for him. We have it. We have it, it’s signed, sealed, we have the fight.’ And then Mike Chandler does an interview two days later saying, ‘We never heard anything about a fight with Eddie Alvarez. Anything.’ And I know that he didn’t hear anything. I know from inside sources that they don’t have anything.

It’s frustrating, man, because they didn’t have to prove to the judge whether they could do a pay-per-view or not. They didn’t have to prove anything during the injunction trial. So I was told I couldn’t fight, because they don’t have to prove anything.

Whoever’s doing this, things don’t add up.”

This dialogue would suggest that the issue is far from over, as Rebney wants Alvarez to mold his thoughts and get back into Bellator’s roster, while it remains clear that Alvarez believes he is being lied to and is sick of dealing with the ongoing proceddings. Either way, it appears that the subject will be continued to be deliberated on for some time now. Will Eddie Alvarez ever find his way over to the UFC Octagon?



9 Comments

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    KeithFarrell

    February 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I watched the MMA Hour when Ariel had Bjorn Rebney on and Eddie randomly called in to try and speak with Bjorn on the air, when Ariel asked if Bjorn wanted to talk with Eddie he said yes but he wouldn't do it in public.

    If he thinks he is in the right he should have no objections to talk with Eddie about it in public.

    Bjorn once again proves the lawyer (his ex-profession) true.

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      Evan Holober

      February 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      There is no reason to speak in public with the party you're in dispute with about contract negotiations. Especially in a sport with no central union to report numbers too.

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        TheKaybs

        February 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        Totally agree. Nothing positive can come from discussing personal business in public. Everyone not in their shoes always has their opinions. Besides, what does Eddy have to say in public that hasn't already been said in private? I'm not taking Bjorn's side AT ALL, but the truth of the matter is, that's why you READ contracts before you sign them.

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          KeithFarrell

          February 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

          they could have talked man to man stuff rather than detailing the contrats, that's what Eddie sounded like he wanted anyway

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          MereDictum

          February 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

          @holober and kaybs

          What are you guys talking about? Bjorn was in public, ON THE AIR, talking about it. If he was keeping his mouth shut pending litigation that would be one thing, but he's opened the door to discussing the matter in public. He should have the balls to do it with Eddie as well.

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        Bruce Lee

        February 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        No reason to speak in public. No reason to be afraid to speak in public either – if you are bargaining in good faith.

        Evan's point is it is not unreasonable for Bjorn to want to speak in private but it still reasonable to wonder what Bjorn is hiding.

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          Dude!

          February 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

          I agree. Bjorn is just playing the game of," anything you say can and will be held against you". As long as Eddie is not in the UFC the better it is for Bellator. If it was about integrity and being a man then Bjorn has nothing to fear but he's a buisness man and they opperate by a different set of rules. Bijorn is either hiding something or he just wants to make sure he doesn't lose the case again showing that he really has nothing to offer Eddie.

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    Entity

    February 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    They should have to show written proof that there was a fight scheduled previously. IMO

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    matt1926

    February 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I'm not going to pretend like I know what's going on but it sounds like Bjorn and Bellator are acting within their rights within the contract but they're doing Eddie dirty in the process. Even Dana White said it.

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