UFC president Dana White is adamant that he has no beef with Bellator, new Bellator president Scott Coker, or Spike TV. But as much as he might be trying to play nice, the Viacom owned properties aren’t exactly returning the favor.
Bellator released long disgruntled lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez from any contractual obligation earlier this year. He immediately signed a new contract with the UFC, who lined him up in Saturday’s UFC 178 co-main event opposite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on pay-per-view.
Spike TV on Monday answered the UFC’s booking of Eddie Alvarez on pay-per-view by counter-programming Bellator’s former champion with a night of his greatest Bellator fights.
“MMA fans can sit back enjoy Eddie Alvarez’s two most memorable bouts against Michael Chandler for free on Spike TV on Saturday, September 27 at 10:00pm ET/PT,” Spike TV offered in a press release. “The 90-minute ‘Eddie Alvarez: Free on Spike‘ special will kick-off with his first bout with Michael Chandler at Bellator 58, regarded by many as the ‘Fight of The Year’ in 2011. Then, your night of free Eddie Alvarez continues with his rematch with Michael Chandler from Bellator 106 from November, 2013, where Eddie regained the title in a dramatic 5-round decision.”
The UFC 178 main card, which also begins at 10 p.m. ET, features flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson putting his belt on the line against Chris Cariaso, the Cerrone vs. Alvarez co-main event, Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier, Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero, and Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes.