The future of former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is very much up in the air. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was a recent guest on MMA Weekly Radio, and he laid out exactly what the deal was with Alvarez:
"Eddie's been awesome with Bellator. Unfortunately for Eddie, he lost his world title and got submitted by Mike Chandler, but he's been just a stalwart for the organization. I honored my promise to him and I got him the (Shinya) Aoki fight that I had been promising him for about three years. He performed like a superstar in that fight," Rebney told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
"We're talking to him; we'll see what happens. We may cut a deal with Ed. We may not cut a deal with Ed. We've got about another five months left on our current relationship with Ed and another fight, so we may do another fight with Ed. There's a lot of different alternatives."
The UFC has made it clear that they'd like to bring Alvarez in as possible, but there's no way he'd make as much money as he did in Bellator. Rebney says he's prepared for whatever happens:
"We’ll see where it goes. It’s business, he may end up with us, he may end up fighting elsewhere," Rebney said.
"Right now our eye is on the ball with doing one more fight with Ed, but you never really know in a contractual situation like this."
If Eddie did make it over to the UFC, who would you like to see him face off with first? My choice would be Gray Maynard.