Eddie Alvarez had sued Bellator, stating that their counter offer to the UFC’s contract was not a match. A judge today denied Alvarez an injunction that would allow him to compete at UFC 159.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney declined to comment on the ruling.
“I’ve just got to digest this whole thing,” said Alvarez to MMA Fighting.
Due to terms in Bellator contracts, if another promotion hopes to sign a fighter, Bellator has the possibility to match the offer. They did just that when the UFC sent Alvarez a contract.
Alvarez, who is a former Bellator lightweight champion, was offered a UFC contract when his recent one was fulfilled in October. Bellator matched it, but it wasn’t the same Alverez believed. Alvarez noted how in the UFC he would be able to appear on PPVs, something Bellator currently don’t have.
Before the court case, Rebney said they printed out a PDF of the UFC’s contract and matched everything, including money and dates, only crossing out the name UFC and replacing it with Bellator.