Eddie Alvarez Taking Bellator Battle to Trial, “There Will Be No Settlement”

May 3, 2013
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Eddie Alvarez vs Tatsuya Kawajiri at Dream 5Lightweight free-agent Eddie Alvarez prepares to go to trial in his legal dispute with Bellator MMA and says there will be no settlement.

Alvarez’ contract with Bellator MMA concluded in October following his knockout win over Patricky Freire at Bellator 76.  The organization elected to waive its exclusive negotiating period, allowing Alvarez to talk with UFC officials.  Alvarez received an offer from the UFC for an eight-fight deal. Bellator exercised its right to match the offer.

Alvarez, however, claimed the Bellator deal did not truly match what the UFC presented, and a legal battle ensured.

Bellator filed a suit citing breach of contract and tortious interference, also known as intentional interference with contractual relations.  Alvarez filed a counter claim seeking an injunction that would have allowed him to compete on the UFC 159 fight card.  The injunction was denied in January and the two parties began closed door negotiations.

Apparently those negotiations have stalled.

“We will be going to trial and there will be no settlement,” Alvarez tweeted on Thursday.  “I want to see this thing through and let the truth come out in the end.”

The 29-year-old sold an investment property in Philadelphia to secure the financial stability to see the legal proceedings through to the end and plans to move to Florida to continue his training.

“I recently just sold an investment property in order to wait this Trial thing out,” he wrote.  “I am taking the funds from the sale of the home and moving to Florida with me and my family.”

Alvarez is expected to join the Blackzilians camp in Boca Raton, Fla., upon arrival in the sunshine state.

“My goal is to move to Florida, train with the best team and coaches in the World, beat this court case, become #1 in the world and keep it,” wrote the former Bellator lightweight titleholder.

Alvarez is prepared to wait as long as it takes for a resolution, and believes the time off could be a blessing in disguise.

“I am in no hurry,” he wrote. “This has always been a marathon for me not a sprint and time will only make me more dangerous when I fight, I promise.”

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  • bajafox

    Why the Blackzilians? They’re record in the UFC isn’t even mediocre.

    Bellator needs to grow up and let him go. The PPV percentages alone make it an un-matchable deal

    • Maddawgmar

      Agreed. Even if Bellator makes a PPV event, they wouldn’t be able to match the views UFC gets. And the Bellator TV show in no way can compete with TUF. The numbers are no where close. That’s like Asics putting their name on a Nike contract and calling it the same.

    • Lucas Freire

      I may be wrong on my statement,but every fighter that went to Blackzillians went downhill. I think only Belfort doesn’t fall to this rule.

  • Cereal Killer

    This case is such a joke. Either you match the dollar amount or you don’t. Bellator can’t, they don’t have PPV. This only makes guys less anxious to sign a deal with them. You’re not the big show, you never will be! Just like Arena Football will never take over the NFL.

  • ned sto

    Considering Alverez’s injunction was denied, it seems Bellator may be on stronger ground legally. Without knowing the details of the contracts, Bellator may indeed have matched the dollar amount but possibly ( this is pure speculation ) not the ‘hidden’ advertising bonus money that the UFC can throw around that Bellator cannot.
    This may most likely be the discrepency in pay Alverez is focusing on. And it may not be part of the money Bellator is contractually obligated to match. Again, speculation.
    The fact that Alverez thinks the Blackzillians are the best coaches and team in the world reveals some insight on the possibility that Alverez may also be wrong about his contract details too.
    Alverez’s lawyer gets paid win or lose, but I don’t see Bellator involving their lawyers with something they know they are dead wrong on. It would be bad publicity for their organization, and I give them credit for being smarter/wiser than that. Alverez? not so much.

    • Milosc

      However things play out, I hope whoever is responsible pays for messing with this guy’s career

      No one should be allowed to ‘make’ a person work for them. Alvarez finished his fights with Bellator and wants to work elsewhere: why screw up his life?

      The idea of [virtually] enslaving a man to work for some jerk company against his conscience does not fly with me, despite what corrupt bs the poor devil got scammed with. Free Eddie Alvarez