Eddie Alvarez at Dream 3 in JapanFormer Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez will head to court on Jan 25 to seek an injunction that would allow him to sign and fight for the UFC as early as UFC 159 in New Jersey.

According to a report by Kevin Iole from official MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports, Alvarez has been granted a hearing with a judge in New Jersey to seek that injunction that would hopefully allow him freedom from Bellator, and put him to work for the UFC.

Alvarez is currently held up after receiving an offer from the UFC that was then matched by his previous employers at Bellator. Under the terms of his original agreement with Bellator, they had matching rights to offer their former lightweight champion equal contract points for any other promotion that tried to gain his services.

The UFC did in fact make an offer. In their counter offer, Bellator literally took the names UFC and Zuffa (the parent company of the UFC) off of the contract, and replaced it with their name while also dabbling in some extra earning potential for Alvarez.

Alvarez and his management team along with his attorneys hope to prove that the value of the two contracts are not the same due to several additional bonuses the UFC can provide, including pay-per-view points that the fighter can earn with the promotion. Currently, Bellator has never done and as of late last year had not planned to do pay-per-view any time soon.

Alvarez will seek the injunction in front of Federal judge Jose L. Linares, asking for his freedom to sign with the UFC and hopefully fight on the upcoming UFC 159 card in New Jersey, headlined by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as he faces Chael Sonnen.

The card would also hold local significance for Alvarez because he spends a large portion of his training time in New Jersey working alongside former UFC champion Frankie Edgar. He alsohails from neighboring Philadelphia and has routinely had a fan base that will pay to see him fight locally.

Seeking the injunction doesn’t mean final resolution will come on Jan. 25.

The judge overseeing the case can opt to grant the injunction and allow Alvarez to fight for the UFC and order a trial, he could rule in favor of Bellator, or he could deny the injunction altogether and put the case on trial.

Alvarez is obviously hopeful to seek resolution that would allow him to fight in the UFC in April.

“Got a court date on Jan. 25, very excited to get this BS dealt with. Very confident that the truth will prevail and you should be too,” wrote Alvarez via Twitter on Friday. “Thank you all for having my back through out and pray this can get dealt with quickly.”

On Thursday evening, Alvarez provided a running play-by-play via Twitter for Bellator’s debut show on Spike TV in which lightweight champion Michael Chandler, the man who beat Alvarez for the title, defeated Rick Hawn in the main event.

Throughout the broadcast, Alvarez answered fans who asked about possible anger towards Bellator for the way this whole process has played out and he made it clear that while he’s not happy with the current agenda, he still loves the promotion that provided him a home for the last several years.

“To clear the air, I love Bellator,” said Alvarez. “Am I happy with what’s going on? No, but things will pass and my feeling will remain the same.”

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

Related News

Bellator bidding for UFC free agent and 'TUF' winner Ryan Bader – but not Lorenz Larkin

  • 19 days ago
  • 25 views

Bellator will soon make a bid for one high-profile UFC free agent. But its interest in another apparently has waned. Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

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

  • 15 days ago
  • 11 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 Responds to UFC's Holm vs. De Randamie Booking With a Featherweight Title Fight of Its Own | FIGHTLAND

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 views

Image via Instagram/marloescoenen Late last month, the UFC left us all scratching our heads by putting together its first ever women’s featherweight title fight without including the world’s premier read news >>

That time Tito Ortiz met Chael Sonnen backstage at UFC 136, and how it (allegedly) led them to Bellator 170

  • 5 days ago
  • 48 views

LOS ANGELES – Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz remembers the day he walked into Chael Sonnen’s dressing room after Sonnen’s submission of Brian Stann at UFC 136.Filed under: Featured, Featured V read news >>

Bellator Responds to UFC's Holm vs. De Randamie Booking With a Featherweight Title Fight of Its Own | FIGHTLAND

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 views

Image via Instagram/marloescoenen Late last month, the UFC left us all scratching our heads by putting together its first ever women’s featherweight title fight without including the world’s premier read news >>

Newcomer Jeremy Kimball gets late-notice fight at UFC on FOX 23

  • 3 days ago
  • 10 views

Former Bellator fighter and Colorado native Jeremy Kimball has scored a spot on next week’s UFC lineup in Denver.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Tito Ortiz Towers Over Bellator 170 Fighter Salaries | MMAWeekly.com

  • a day ago
  • 25 views

Tito Ortiz, already a UFC Hall of Fame member, went out on his own terms on Saturday at Bellator 170, also leading the charge on the disclosed fighter payroll. read news >>

Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen Post-Fight Press Conference Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 9 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz fought for the last time on Saturday at Bellator 170, defeating Chael Sonnen by submission in the first round. read news >>

Dear Bellator: Thanks for Making the Fights That the UFC Shouldn't

  • 3 days ago
  • 355 views

Saturday night in Inglewood, California, a legend will make his walk one last time while another will return to make it for the first time in three years at Bellator 170. Tito Ortiz, he of the flamin read news >>

Bellator 170 live video stream and official results (6:30 p.m. ET)

  • 3 days ago
  • 395 views

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – MMAjunkie is on site for tonight’s Bellator 170 event, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).Filed under: Bella read news >>