Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez returned to Bellator action last fall on the promotions highest rated event Bellator 106. He'd spent the majority of 2013 prior to that bout negotiating a contract dispute with the promotion before winning a split decision victory over Michael Chandler who'd taken the title from him almost two year prior.
Alvarez's dispute with Bellator was a very public matter and gained the attention of their former welterweight champion Ben Askren. Askren criticized Alvarez's decision decision to fight Bellator on the matter and it doesn't appear that Eddie took the critique well. He spoke to MMA Fighting at a media event on Friday. Ariel Helwani asked for his thoughts on Askren leaving Bellator and not getting picked up by the UFC:
Ben was very opinionated about how my situation was dealt with although he had no clue about my situation. I'll have a little more respect and say that I don't what happened with (Ben's) situation, so I'm not going to comment. Rather than be ignorant like he was and go about saying some stupid sh** that he said.
Yeah, he annoyed me. He had a very uneducated opinion on how much money I should make. He knew how much I should ask for. That people are making $8/hr somewhere so I should take the money and run.
(On being in the 'Siberia' of ONE FC): Yeah, maybe he should have shut up.
Alvarez also confirmed his upcoming trilogy bout against Chandler will be Bellator's second attempt at their first foray into the pay-per-view business. No official date or event has been set for the fight, but it's expected to headline.
Askren signed up with One FC for six fights over two years. Neither his opponent for his promotional debut nor the date has been set yet.