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Scott Coker: We’d love to talk to Eddie Alvarez if ‘he’s truly a free agent’

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Scott Coker is interested in having Eddie Alvarez back in Bellator.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez fought the last fight in his contract in late July. It took place at UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary, where he lost to Dustin Poirier in a rematch.

Alvarez wants a “better deal” if he does re-sign with the UFC, but company president Dana White is perfectly fine if “The Underground King” ends up opting for free agency. If Alvarez goes for the latter option, his former promotion is willing to accept him back with open arms.

On Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Bellator CEO Scott Coker expressed his intentions to be in talks with Alvarez, but it comes with a caveat.

“I don’t think we’ve talked to Eddie, but listen, if he wants to reach out and have a conversation and he’s truly a free agent and we’re not interfering in anybody’s contract, we would love to talk to him,” Coker told Luke Thomas (via MMA Fighting).

“I think the guy has done a lot of good work in building his brand here in the U.S. “Obviously, he’s had some great fights with Michael Chandler here in the past. We want to talk to every free agent out there that’s a big star, and I think Eddie is still a big star.”

The 34-year-old Alvarez fought under the Bellator banner from 2009 to 2013. Throughout this stint, he became the company’s two-time lightweight champion.

Coker’s interview begins at the 43:03 mark of the video above.