After finishing the final fight on his Bellator contract last
Friday with a knockout of Patricky
will soon be entertaining offers from multiple
He doesn’t know yet where he’ll sign, but he does know what he’ll
base his decision on.
“I’ve got to be honest with you,” Alvarez told the
Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show Wednesday. “I’m going
to go to the highest bidder. That’s how it’s going to go. If
anybody judges me or tells me I’m wrong because of that, I’m sorry.
I have a different situation than maybe whoever’s judging me, but
my services are going 100-percent to the highest bidder.”
Alvarez has been with Bellator since its first event in April 2009.
He was the promotion’s first lightweight champion and also has a
good relationship with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. While the UFC
figures to be a major player in negotiations, if not the favorite
to land Alvarez, it doesn’t hurt Bellator’s chances that partner
Viacom will be involved in talks.
“I already spoke with Bjorn Rebney,” Alvarez said. “I actually
spoke with him the night of the fight. He was really excited and
pretty pumped up. He was basically telling me that the next move is
to sit down with him and some of the people at Viacom and see where
their heads are at and where they want to move to. Then after that,
I believe, in the contract it says you can start getting offers
from other places or what not. I think it’s only fair -- Bellator’s
taken care of me for four years and their main thing is, they did
what they always said they were going to do. We started on a tiny
little network on ESPN Deportes and moved all the way to Spike.
Now, starting next year, Bellator’s going to be a serious, serious
promotion to reckon with. I’m happy to be in the family and happy
to work with the guys. We’ll see what happens.”
Alvarez put himself in a good position with his knockout of Freire.
After dropping his Bellator lightweight title to Michael
Chandler last November, he’s now bounced back with two quality
wins, including a quick stoppage of Shinya Aoki
“To be able to end my contract with a win is great,” Alvarez said.
“To end it with a head-kick knockout is beyond expectations. I’m
very happy. I have some people to talk to here at Viacom. I have a
lot of different people to talk to and to figure some things out
and see what’s best moving forward.”
Despite Alvarez’s relationship with Bellator, the UFC remains the
biggest fight promotion in the world and has already signed away
one Bellator champ in Hector
Lombard. Alvarez does like the direction Bellator is headed in,
though, with its programming moving to Spike TV next year.
Re-signing with the company will be an option.
“God, it’s came such a long way,” Alvarez said of Bellator. “I
guarantee by next year, they’re going to explode. Wherever I’m at
next year, I’m going to be a happy man with a smile on my
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full interview (beginning at 3:00:53).
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