Could Alvarez-Bellator settle before PPV?

August 6, 2013

MMA Fighting reports that Eddie Alvarez’s manager is hoping that a deal with Bellator can be reached.  Glenn Robinson, Alvarez’s manager, extended the olive branch with the statement.

Alvarez and Bellator are engaged in a lawsuit over the ending, or lack thereof, of Alvarez’s employment with the organization.  While Alvarez had proclaimed that he would not settle and take his case to trial and went on a twitter campaign suggesting that Bellator misrepresented a document he relied upon, it appears that Alvarez may have rethought his situation.  Certainly, the sobering fact that a trial would not happen until late next year at the soonest motivated this possible turn of events.

In the last settlement discussions as reported to the court, Bellator had offered Alvarez two PPV level fights with the first being a shot at the lightweight title currently held by Michael Chandler.  Alvarez declined the offer and countered with just one fight for Bellator.  This stalled the negotiations.

Payout Perspective:

The question is whether a settlement could occur before Bellator’s November 2nd PPV.  It appears that both sides need each other.  Bellator needs an opponent for Michael Chandler and a strong undercard for its Tito-Rampage main event.  Alvarez needs employment.  Both have been spending money on legal fees and both probably don’t want to do that anymore.  It makes sense that Robinson has sent out this message in hopes of engaging in talks.  The interesting point here is whether or not Alvarez will get the “same deal” that has been litigated.  Meaning, would Bellator give Alvarez the same terms as it offered before the lawsuit.  Or, will Bellator factor in the time, legal expense and public relations hit it took during the time of the lawsuit.

9 Responses to “Could Alvarez-Bellator settle before PPV?”

  1. Tops of on August 7th, 2013 6:55 AM

    Tito Ortiz

    “The company that I was with, I had to beg to be with it,” Ortiz said. “I had to beg to be a part of it. A whole year went by and I waited and I no longer could wait anymore.

    “When I had someone barking at me, yelling at me, talking s— the whole time, I don’t want to be around that,” Ortiz said. “Negativity just sucks the life out of somebody. Here at Bellator, with Viacom, this sport is just going to get bigger.
    Good point by tito Ortiz
    There should be more professionalism in the UFC….Dana can’t act like a kid all the time…it’s getting really old….

  2. BrainSmasher on August 7th, 2013 3:04 PM

    Unfortunately for Tito you have to get into the UFC by means other than begging. For what he was paid to fight I would get in their in a heart beat. In fact I would beg to do it. As millions of people would. But you have to be worth a damn as a fighter and that’s where Tito fell short.

  3. BrainSmasher on August 7th, 2013 3:14 PM

    I think these two side will settle. The court battle has favored Bellator so much with its schedule that Alverez has no other choice. To see this through would end his career. It would have no effect on Bellator at all as they don’t get him if he leaves or if he sits out 3 years. Doesn’t matter to them. So they will settle at some point.

    The best thing Alverez has going for him is this PPV. If I was him I would not resign until after the PPV. This would be a good way to get back at them a little. Or it would make them up their offer to get him before the PPV. It would do him no good to give in on their time frame. So unless they spiced up the offer I wouldn’t come back until after the PPV. Its the only leverage he has. Why not use it? Fighting in front of very few people, losing to Chandler, and being over shadowed by the Tito fight isn’t much incentive to jump on the PPV anyway. Wait until after the PPV and headline a live card on Spike with a chance of getting an easier opponent. It would be stuopid to fight Chandler first fight back after such a long layoff anyway.

  4. aintitthetruth on August 7th, 2013 6:13 PM

    Lolrofl @bs you used their instead of there. You are obviously retarded. anyway, tito was good enough to be a 5x defending champion you shmuck. And he whipped baders ass not to long ago. bader was in the top ten when tito subbed him and is still in the top ten. Tito is a boss.

    Bs is the mma equivalent of foxnews with the ufc subbing(zing) for the republican party.

  5. Tops of on August 7th, 2013 7:21 PM

    From rebney

    It’s the toughest tournament in sports, it’s real sports competition.We’re not sitting around waiting for some wrestler to lose two fights straight and then bark his way into a 205 world title fight. That’s just not the essence of what we do.”

    Hahahahaha…

  6. BS is a Bitch on August 7th, 2013 8:07 PM

    lol Brain smasher do yourself a favor and shut your mouth in the pressense of people like Tops and aintitthetruth who actually know what their talking about when it come to the sport of Mixed martial arts. People like you are uneducated zuffa shills who take anything the bald insecure beta male named dana says as the truth when it is lies.

  7. BrainSmasher on August 8th, 2013 2:07 AM

    Before you start giving grammar tips. How about capitalizing Tito and Bader’s name. Also, “anyway” should be capitalized. Let me guess? You going to blame that on your phone as if it doesn’t do it for you and you still found a way to screw it up? It is very sad how pathetic you are and I’m sure your failures here extend to every part of your life. Which explains why you are here to begin with. Carry on!

  8. aintitthetruth on August 8th, 2013 8:18 AM

    Then why are yoiu here bs? Wait, i already know. its to try to get simpletons,such as yourself, to think that ufc=mma and anything else is inferior. As well as characterizing white as some sort of mma jesus. Why do you do this? who knows. one thing i do know is that I’m here to counteract the slanted point of viewyou present.

  9. Caidel on August 13th, 2013 4:42 AM

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