Eddie Alvarez was present at Bellator 95 as a fan. That didn’t stop Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney from speaking with the former lightweight champion, who has not competed for the promotion since October and has been in a legal battle with.
“I did get a chance to talk with Ed,” said Rebney to Rebellion Media. “Are chances of getting things resolved dramatically increased. We were talking and I hope it results in us getting this behind us. I’ve got to give a little and he’s got to give a little. Hopefully we can find that middle round.”
The issue stems from when Alvarez completed his Bellator contract. The UFC offered him a contract which Bellator matched, as per the guidelines of their original deal. The problem was that Alvarez didn’t consider competing on Spike TV as equivalent to a UFC pay-per-view or one of their FOX based shows.
Alvarez ended his Bellator career at 8-1 with one title defense. He lost the gold to Michael Chandler and rebounded with a pair of first round stoppages.
A judge denied an injunction for Alvarez to fight on UFC 159.
Bellator and Alvarez don’t have a new deal signed.