Last week it became clear that the discussions between Eddie Alvarez and Bellator had taken a turn for the worst. First Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed that settlement talks were over and that a trial was most likely on its way. Eddie followed that up with a couple rants on Twitter reiterating that sentiment.
Eddie informed his followers that he was forced to sell an investment property but was committed to fighting the legal battle in court to ensure "the truth comes out." The next day, Eddie again took to Twitter and laid the blame on Viacom, saying that Bjorn was only a 'grunt' in these schemes. Additionally, in an appearance on the most recent MMA Hour, Alvarez accused Bellator of changing the wording in his contract to make it more favorable to their case in matching Eddie's offer from the UFC.
After hearing these claims from Alvarez, Bjorn Rebney spoke with Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting:
Every single decision, with regard to Ed matching the contract, the steps we've taken and the legal steps that have been taken, have been made directly from this office, from this CEO at Bellator. The decisions have not been made by Spike and they have not been made by Viacom.
I've sat down with Ed face to face and made it completely and utterly clear to him that the decisions, the movements, the steps we were taking and the position we were taking was a decision that I was making, and it was a decision I was making based on the contract he signed, based on the commitment we had made to him financially, based on the agreement he had executed, and there was no other party involved. There was no other party voicing an opinion, there was no other party saying "do this" or "do that." The decisions of this company on this matter have been made 120% by me and by Bellator.
Ed's claims that somehow he was tricked into material terms being in that letter is absolutely, completely 100% false. The documents are available in the courthouse and I can forward the documents over to you. That is a completely false statement.
I don't have any idea why he'd say it, but part of the reason that, instead of just continuing to stay silent and just allow this thing to play itself out, when statements like that are made, that we can show without any questions are completely untrue, it just reaches a certain point where you say wait a minute: in 2007, I put every single dollar I had in the world into building this company, I took it from an idea in my head into something that's the 2nd-largest mixed martial arts organization on Earth, it's seen in 120 countries around the world and it's got a partnership with Spike, et cetera. At some point you just reach a boiling point where you say "time out." You can't, no matter who you are, you can't attack something that was built from literally nothing to something of this level by just sweat, blood and tears and not expect somebody to come back and say, "You're lying."
The last statement is a point Rebney repeated a couple times over the interview. For as long as he feel Eddie is offering false accusations, neither he nor Bellator have any intentions of settling this conflict outside of a courtroom. Additionally, he doesn't expect the case to be resolved withing the next 12 months as discovery has not even began and no early hearing dates have been set. So, it looks like it could be a while before fight fans see Eddie fight again.