by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Former EliteXC lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez has signed on with Bellator Fighting Championships, which will air on ESPN Deportes according to the fighter in an interview with iGuillotine.com

“The contract is signed and I got my advance,” Alvarez said in the interview.

Bellator Fighting Championships is a new organization founded just recently, but on the heels of their announcement came the news that they would have a television partner in ESPN Deportes, which will air their series starting in April 2009.

The format will pit fighters in different weight classes in a tournament format to crown champions while the shows will also feature special feature fights during the show’s three month taping process.

Word was received late on Tuesday night that Alvarez would compete in the lightweight tournament and will have a camera crew from ESPN Deportes following him during his training and preparation for the fights at Bellator.

Alvarez is expected to fight next on Jan. 23 for Extreme Challenge when the promotion takes to Atlantic City, N.J.