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

UFC Declines to Match Offer, Rory MacDonald Likely Headed to Bellator

  • 4 days ago
  • 62 views

Former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald appears to be headed to Bellator MMA. read news >>

Bellator MMA Officially Announces Signing of Rory MacDonald

  • 2 days ago
  • 30 views

The news leaked out earlier this week, but Bellator MMA made it official on Friday during the Bellator 160 broadcast. The fight promotion has inked a deal with welterweight Rory MacDonald. read news >>

Bellator 160 Results: Benson Henderson Earns Title Shot Against Michael Chandler

  • 2 days ago
  • 104 views

Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull took place on Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and the main event ended in bizarre fashion. read news >>

Bellator 160 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Henderson vs. Pitbull Card

  • 2 days ago
  • 96 views

Benson Henderson got his first win with Bellator on Friday night against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, but it didn't happen the way most would have wanted. During the second round, Pitbull suffered a ri read news >>

UFC May Soon Be Headed to Russia

  • 4 days ago
  • 7 views

With the UFC set to expand into New York State for the first time ever, it appears an expansion into Russia might not be far behind. read news >>

Bubba Jenkins Looking to Avenge Loss to Georgi Karakhanyan in Bellator 160 Rematch

  • 4 days ago
  • 6 views

On August 26 in Anaheim, Calif., Bubba Jenkins gets his long-awaited rematch with Georgi Karakhanyan in a main card 145-pound bout at Belltor 160. read news >>

UFC Loses Top Welterweight Rory MacDonald to Bellator: Big Deal or Nah?

  • 4 days ago
  • 46 views

The Red King has gone in search of a greener fiefdom. Rory MacDonald’s UFC exit on Wednesday was that rare case of “breaking news” that had been in the works for months. Fans have known since a May a read news >>

Saad Awad Eyeing Title Shot if He Defeats Derek Anderson at Bellator 160

  • 3 days ago
  • 8 views

Initially Saad Awad was hoping a title shot would come his way, but instead he’ll be facing fellow longtime 155-pound fighter Derek Anderson at Bellator 160. read news >>

Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull Live Weigh-in Video

  • 3 days ago
  • 12 views

Watch the Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull weigh-in, live at 3 p.m. ET / Noon PT, on MMAWeekly.com. Benson Henderson vs. Patricio Pitbull headlines. read news >>

Derek Anderson Predicts Knockout Win Over Saad Awad at Bellator 160

  • 3 days ago
  • 8 views

Derek Anderson (13-2) will look for his second straight win when he takes on Saad Awad (19-7) in a 155-pound co-main event of Bellator 160 on August 26 in Anaheim. read news >>