Eddie Alvarez Taking Fight Public in Legal Suit with Bellator MMA: “The Gloves Are Off”

May 4, 2013
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EddieAlvarez470x272Lightweight free-agent Eddie Alvarez has gone public about his legal dispute with Bellator MMA.

Alvarez has been in a legal battle with the fight promotion after his contract expired in October.  He received an offer from the UFC and planned to sign with them, but Bellator invoked its right to match the deal.  Alvarez claims that the Viacom-owned Bellator didn’t truly match what the UFC presented and in came the lawyers.

Alvarez indicated on Thursday that there would be no settlement and the two parties would go to trial.

On Friday, the 29-year-old continued to publicly comment about the legal battle on Twitter, saying his beef is less with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and more with Spike TV and Viacom.

“This is a lot less about Bjorn guys and a lot more about Viacom, I spoke with the higher ups and explained myself ,basically was told too bad,” he wrote.  “Bjorn only owns very little and I’m really not sure he has a say at all, I went over his head and spoke with his bosses, and here we are!”

Alvarez didn’t stop there.

“I might just dump just real (expletive) tonight until I get a call from someone to stop. Soooo much to talk about now that the gloves are off,” he wrote.  “I’d be more careful in what I said but I was told as long as I’m truthful then I can say whatever I want.”

He then made unconfirmed allegations about Bellator’s treatment of other fighters, including Cosmo Alexandre and Zach Makovsky.

“I am fortunate compared to guys like @CosmoAlexandre this guy trains day and night to feed his fam and Viacom/ spike continue to hurt him,” wrote Alvarez.  “His story of getting shafted might be worse than mine.”

“Not to mention how @ZachFunSize was bullied to take a smaller pay day than contextually agreed or just sit after being champ,” he added.  “I have nothing to complain about I get paid we’ll enough to keep bills paid but to bully guys like @ZachFunSize and @CosmoAlexandre is a sin.”

Alvarez is right about at least one thing, the gloves are definitely off.

Bellator representatives declined to comment on Alvarez’s allegations.

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  • JGA

    Shit’s about to get real, son. Good for Alvarez.

  • earldogg

    Go Alvarez. . down w conglomerates!

  • Mike mckinney

    Oh great. Now eddies turning into the bad ex girlfriend you wish you never met.
    Eddie, just because your the size of a high schooler doesn’t mean you need to act like one…

    • mary parkhill

      Wow Mike, Guess you don’t give a chit if someone takes Food from your family’s Mouth, If someone stopped you from doing your job & earning money would you pussy out and say Nothing?? Congrats to Alvarez for speaking up & out about Big corp ripping off the very people that made them millions. You Must be an Obama Lover!

    • john smith

      thanks for the exceptionally stupid response that seems to have been written by a very pimple faced and immature high schooler. genious arguement. so because he fights at a lighter weight he must be a high schooler? god sometimes i wish there were pictures attached to comments on here so we could all see just how pathetic some of you are. my bet is that you are either a big overweight porky-boy that hates any successful person, fighter or not. OR, you are a very skinny pimple faced wanna-be that just had his first sparring session and realized you just aren’t tough enough to be a real fighter so you hate anyone else who is.

      • DJ

        Mike is the dumbest idiot ever commented here.

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    • DJ

      You are a big fucken moron. Ass kisser of Viacom. You put a guy like Eddie down? who battles for his rights and being truthful. Eddie got big balls to even come up and say what he said about Viacom. The truth always comes out and eventually Eddie will get his go on UFC.

  • Theowl

    I feel Bellator needs more transparency. Lets hear it all.

  • ChuangTzu14

    1) If Bellator REALLY wants to match the UFC’s offer they need to double all the numbers, at least.

    2) Then there are the intangibles. The ugly truth is that Alvarez won’t get the respect he deserves unless he is in the UFC, just ask a former Strikeforce fighter.

    Let the poor guy join the party!! The Spike deal aught to replace the value Eddie brought. Don’t they pull like
    700, 000+ viewers a week?

  • Mike mckinney

    It’s funny how many assumptions people jump too.
    I don’t have an issue at all with Eddie trying to jump ship. Hell, I don’t believe people should be considered an asset, and therefor under the scope of “first right of refusal.” I believe if Eddie wanted to take less money and work for the UFC he should be allowed too. If he wants to go fight at KOTC for $100 a night he should be able to.
    With all of that being said, it doesn’t mean Eddie needs to run around and try to air every bit of dirty laundry he can think of. He’s even bringing up other fighters issues where he had no involvement.
    Eddie should go to court and fight for his ability to do what he wants, but when he runs to every microphone he can find to air dirty laundry he makes himself look like a heart broken teenage girl.