Former two-time Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has inked an exclusive deal with the UFC, and is now scheduled to make his long-awaited promotional debut against Donald Cerrone at UFC 178. That bout will serve as the co-main event of the September 27th pay-per-view.
UFC officials announced the signing on Tuesday, less than 12 hours after new Bellator president Scott Coker granted Alvarez his unconditional release from his Bellator contract.
UFC 178 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alvarez (25-3) enters having defeated 10 of his previous 11 opponents, eight of which he ended via stoppage. The 30-year-old is widely considered to be one of the top lightweight fighters in the world, and most recently avenged his loss to Michael Chandler by capturing a narrow split decision victory over the former Bellator champion last November.
Cerrone's initial opponent, Bobby Green, is expected to receive a new match-up at a yet-to-be-determined date.