The Eddie Alvarez vs. Bellator saga has dragged on for longer than pretty much anyone could have expected. When Alvarez finished up his Bellator contract, he attempted to sign a deal with the UFC that would have paid him handsomely. Bellator exercised their right to match the UFC's offer, but didn't actually match every aspect of the UFC deal, only the parts they felt they were contractually obligated to.
The difference of opinion on what constituted actually "matching" the UFC offer led to Alvarez and Bellator taking the battle to court and recent reports are that the case could drag until late 2014, meaning Alvarez will be out of action for close to two years.
UFC president Dana White spoke about the situation on Monday and his advice for Alvarez was just to fight for Bellator.
"He should fight for [Bellator]," White said Monday. "First of all, they have every right – he signed a contract, and they have every right to him. But at least pay the kid the money. (That's) the reason that you get that clause in your contract where you get out find out what you're worth. You get to get out there and shop around and see what Eddie Alvarez is worth. Well, Eddie Alvarez found out what he's worth, and they've refused to pay him that. It's bulls---."
To date is been pretty much nothing but bad PR for Bellator and wasted time in a promising career for Alvarez, leaving the situation without a winner.