Alvarez-Bellator settle paving way for Chandler rematch on PPV
August 13, 2013
MMA Fighting reports that Eddie Alvarez and Bellator have come to an agreement to settle their lawsuit. As a result, Alvarez will fight Michael Chandler on Bellator’s first PPV November 2nd.
The settlement between party ends a contentious lawsuit which had both sides arguing over the contractual terms of Alvarez’s Bellator contract and whether or not Bellator had matched the terms of a contract offered by the UFC. It also highlighted the potential contract Alvarez would have received if he had been allowed to leave for the UFC. No terms of the settlement have been announced although it is being rumored that Alvarez will be able to leave Bellator if he loses to Chandler but if he wins he must do the trilogy with Chandler.
Alavarez-Chandler II will co-main event the card with Tito Ortiz facing Rampage Jackson in the main event.
All’s well that ends well. As we had opined previously, it was likely that the two sides would come to an agreement before the November PPV. The fact of the matter is that litigation is a slow process and factual discovery can be a money draining exercise. Also, the fact that Bjorn Rebney or Eddie Alvarez did not have to be deposed was a good result for both sides. No one had to be grilled by attorneys about Bellator business practices regarding matching terms or about Alvarez’s interviews regarding Bellator alleging lying to him.
Both sides needed each other and with the foreshadowing of Alvarez’s manager publicly stating that he hoped the two sides would settle, it became a foregone conclusion that it would happen. With Alvarez-Chandler as a co-main event, Bellator needs to re-sign Ben Askren and have him on the card as well. At this point, Bellator should re-introduce MMA fans to the first Alvarez-Chandler fight. It is widely popular on YouTube and would give these two some much needed (in-ring) publicity leading into their rematch. The settlement, while it may be just a short-term gain, could provide a necessary lift for the organization.