UFC Signs Eddie Alvarez, Immediately Matches Him Up Against Donald Cerrone at UFC 178

August 19, 2014
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Eddie Alvarez vs Donald CerroneWell now, that didn’t take long.

Within hours of Bellator MMA announcing that it had cut embattled lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez loose, free and clear of any contractual obligations, the former No. 1 lightweight in the world signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Not only did Alvarez sign with the UFC, company officials on Tuesday announced that his first bout would be against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 178 in Las Vegas.

SEE ALSO: Bellator Releases Champion Eddie Alvarez

Alvarez has gone through a roller coaster of trials and tribulations during his time with Bellator, butting heads for the past couple of years over his contract status.

Following a lengthy legal battle that had Alvarez’s fate bouncing around between lawyers, new Bellator president Scott Coker on Tuesday announced that the promotion no longer wanted to tie Alvarez up in a contract battle, when he really didn’t want to fight for them. The move represented a marked shift from the old Bellator regime under the guidance of Bjorn Rebney.

Part of Alvarez’s contract battle had to do with him attempting to sign with the UFC about a year ago, following the completion of his initial Bellator contract. It became a tangled mess over matching rights and whether or not the UFC offer was truly matched, but ended in Alvarez acquiescing to Bellator and its parent company Viacom, so that he might continue his career in the cage instead of the courtroom.

UFC officials had no comment upon Alvarez’s initial release, but the wheels were obviously in motion behind the scenes, as his contract and first fight were in place about four to five hours later.

Cerrone had initially been slated to face Bobby Green at UFC 178, but when Alvarez became available, the UFC quickly shifted gears. The UFC is now working to find a new opponent for Green and is targeting an undisclosed November date for his rescheduled bout.

UFC 178 takes place on Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, and features a flyweight championship main event pitting titleholder Demetrious Johnson against challenger Chris Cariaso.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Love it! Let’s see if him fighting the same guy three times really means he is any good.

    • julian moran

      .. except he did not fight anyone 3 times. The likes on your post shows how educated the Alvarez haters are.

      • TheCerealKiller

        That’s right, Chandler was supposed to fight Alvarez a third time, but that didn’t happen. My bad, I don’t bother watching Bellator.

      • Seth

        How that comment was “Alvarez hate”? .-. Did I miss something?

        • julian moran

          The 8 people did not “like” the comment for it’s accuracy, as the information is inaccurate. Therefore they must have just liked the negative intent of the comment; hence, are uneducated haters.

  • Ron Wheeler

    Until he beats somebody decent, Alvarez is washed up IMO. To his credit, at least he wants to

    • the criddler

      Washed up at 30.. Ok

    • D-Day

      I don’t think you fully understand the meaning of “washed up”… If you did, you wouldn’t use it in this sense… “overrated” would be the word you’re looking for. Eddie Alvarez doesn’t meet the age requirement of someone who is “washed up”.. Tito Ortiz? Rampage Jackson? You might have an argument

  • jordan23

    Man cerrone gonna knock this guy out atleast they make Alvarez fight a top 5 guy cause this is gonna be a good fight at first I thought this card was gonna suck cause the main event but im gonna watch this fight I got cerrone winning by tko 2nd round

    • Just-scrap-nation

      I kind of see it going all 3 rounds. Wish it was 5. Ill take Alvarez UD but wouldn’t be shocked if Cowboy takes the nod. I will be stunned if either finishes it in 3 though.

  • shakejunt

    this card is amazing, please stay that way.

  • Collideoverme

    Well that escalated quickly…

    • Lt. Dangle

      You should lay low for a while, because you’re probably wanted for murder.

  • drkdisciple

    I always questioned how good Alvarez really was, a win over cowboy would prove me wrong.

  • julian moran

    I like this.

  • julian moran

    Alvarez did more prior to entering the UFC then Cerrone had.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Cowboy fought better competition over his career and slightly better before the UFC. Just my opinion.

  • Maechryne

    This is a fight I want to see, but I wish Alvarez could have gotten a different opponent for his debut.

  • Seth

    Owwwwww, boy. Not many fights Im excited about, but this one is one of them! 😀 Can’t wait to see that! 😀