Bellator argues Fox and Spike on equal ground and more updates from Eddie Alvarez hearing

Photo via Bellator.com

Eddie Alvarez is in court today to see if a judge will allow him to sign a new deal with the UFC or if Bellator has truly "matched" the UFC's offer.

Eddie Alvarez was in court today arguing his case that Bellator did not actually "match" the offer from the UFC for his services. While there is no doubt that Bellator matched the deal from a pure "money per fight" standpoint, the idea that the UFC and Alvarez are arguing is that the pay-per-view opportunities -- and bonuses -- as well as exposure on outlets such as Fox is something Bellator can not match. Bellator is arguing in return that A) they don't have to match theoretical money and opportunity and B) they did anyway and he would make money should Bellator ever decide to put him on a future pay-per-view.

MMA Fighting's Mike Chiappetta was in the courtroom today tweeting out the action. Here are some of the highlights.

Obviously it would seem that they are correct there. Bellator has never an a PPV and even if they did, they would have to guarantee he'd be on it. And then it wouldn't come anywhere near the amount of buys that a UFC show would do. But there's no guarantee that the judge would see this as something that must be matched.

The judge didn't even bother going that far with the line of thinking though:

Oops!

It continues:

Of course, his world ranking actually dropped because he lost to Michael Chandler. Yes, maybe it dropped more because people consider a loss in Bellator worse than a loss in the UFC, but it would not have dropped had Alvarez won. So that seems like a crazy idea in which to root part of your argument.

I'm no legal expert, but this would seem to be the entire foundation of where the case will be decided. If it is a matter of Bellator having to be able to match at the PPV and exposure level, they just can't. A judge might not understand that, but that's just the truth.

However, if it is just a matter of pay per fight? Bellator did match.

This has to be among the most hilarious moments in Twitter history. One is a national network with constant top rated programming. It's the home of the NFL, Family Guy, The Simpsons..etc. Spike has...had the UFC in the past.

Finally:

I'm curious to know what that could be. There is only one actual "major fight" for Alvarez in Bellator and that's a rematch with Chandler. I don't know what else they could offer that qualifies as "major."

We'll have an update once the decision is actually made, so stay tuned.

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