eddie-alvarez-bellator-106

Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez remains under contract with the promotion, but the lawyers for the formerly embattled pair are in talks about the fighter’s future, according to new Bellator President Scott Coker.

“They’re talking about a couple of different options,” Coker today told MMAjunkie. “Right now, that’s where it is.”

Asked to characterize the lawyers’ discussions, Coker said, “I don’t want to speculate as to what’s going to happen. But I know that they’re talking.”

The fighter’s future with the promotion recently came under scrutiny once again with rumors of a potential UFC 178 fight between Alvarez (25-3 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) and Donald Cerrone.

The lightweight champ was benched after a concussion scrapped a May rematch with Michael Chandler, whom he defeated this past November to retake the belt. But his manager told MMAjunkie he would meet with Coker to discuss the possibility of staying with Bellator.

Coker called the Alvarez-to-UFC rumors “absolutely ridiculous,” but indicated that Alvarez’s future with the promotion is in flux.

Undoubtedly, Alvarez’s rocky relationship with former Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney presented a steep hurdle to a continued relationship. The expiration of his previous contract led to a public feud and dueling lawsuits before a settlement was reached this past August to keep him in the fold for two fights.

The new contract, however, didn’t contain a championship clause or matching rights, according to a source close to the promotion, so he could leave Bellator with the belt if he won his second bout.

Upon news of the potential Alvarez and Cerrone fight, a source close to the promotion spoke about the option of releasing the champion from his contract and moving on rather than forcing a fight with Will Brooks, who replaced Alvarez and won the interim lightweight title.

Alvarez said in May that he would like to unify the title, but went silent when Coker was appointed Bellator’s new CEO. A request for comment from Alvarez’s management wasn’t immediately returned.

For now, Alvarez remains a Bellator fighter. Whether he remains so is another question.

For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Battle for Bader Is About to Begin | FIGHTLAND

  • 13 days ago
  • 11 views

Photo by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Bellator MMA has never been better. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. Over the course of 2016, the Viacom-owned promotion bolstered its roster of homegrown sta read news >>

Bellator's Scott Coker Invites Meryl Streep to Event After Golden Globes Speech

  • 10 days ago
  • 45 views

Actress Meryl Streep took an apparent dig at mixed martial arts during a speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, so Bellator MMA President Scott Coker invited her to Bellator 170 on his Twitter read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103 discussion thread

  • 10 days ago
  • 14 views

PHOENIX – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 103 event at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, which kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT). You can discuss the even read news >>

Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 103's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie

  • 10 days ago
  • 28 views

PHOENIX – UFC Fight Night 103 takes place Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event press conference here on MMAjunkie at approxim read news >>

Marloes Coenen vs. Julia Budd title fight slated for Bellator 174

  • 10 days ago
  • 9 views

Just three weeks after the UFC crows its inaugural women’s featherweight champion, Bellator will do the same.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 174 Draws Women's Featherweight Championship Headliner | MMAWeekly.com

  • 9 days ago
  • 13 views

Two of the best women’s featherweights in the world will meet at Bellator 174 to determine the promotion's inaugural women's 145-pound champion. read news >>

Ex-champ Liam McGeary vs. Chris Fields slated for Bellator 173 on Feb. 24

  • 9 days ago
  • 13 views

Former Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary is slated for his post-title return bout.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Liam McGeary and Chris Fields Headline Bellator 173 in Belfast | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 views

A light heavyweight bout pitting former 205-pound world champion Liam McGeary against Chris Fields will serve as the main event of Bellator 173. read news >>

Melvin Guillard and Chidi Njokuani Headline Bellator 171 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 4 views

A catchweight bout pitting Melvin Guillard (32-16-2, 3 NC) against Chidi Njokuani (16-4, 1 NC) will serve as the main event of Bellator 171 on Jan. 27. read news >>

Melvin Guillard vs. Chidi Njokuani catchweight bout headlines Bellator 171

  • 8 days ago
  • 21 views

A 175-pound catchweight matchup between 14-year veteran Melvin Guillard and fellow knockout artist Chidi Njokuani has been booked as the headlining bout of Bellator 171.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>