Nov 2, 2013; Long Beach, CA, USA; Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) and Michael Chandler (blue gloves) during their Bellator lightweight world championship fight at the Long Beach Arena. Alvarez won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Eddie Alvarez Clears Up Contractual Final Bellator Fight Situation

Never shy to speak his mind, Bellator Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez opened up about his contract situation with Bellator and set the record straight regarding the final fight on his contract with Bellator, when he spoke to Steph Daniels of BloodyElbow.

Following the Bellator 120 PPV, which saw Eddie Alvarez’s replacement, Will Brooks upset Michael Chandler to win the interim-lightweight championship, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told reporters that it was in Eddie Alvarez’s contract to have a third fight against Michael Chandler. And that Bellator may still go ahead and do the trilogy bout between Alvarez and Chandler, if Eddie Alvarez chooses.

But as BloodyElbow found out, that was certainly not the case. Eddie Alvarez disputed Rebney’s claims and stated that he would like to fight Will Brooks, but if he were to fight Michael Chandler, it would be a decision of Bellator’s—and not his.

I want to be clear on this, whatever was written into my contract, was written by Bellator. I made no changes at all to the contract. If it says that I have to fight Mike Chandler again, that’s because Bellator wants it that way.

I think it’s only fair and right, just in the way things should go in a promotion, for me to fight Will Brooks. To me, that’s the right way to go. I don’t want to be a part of this whole debacle. It’s very messy, and it just doesn’t feel right that a guy has an interim belt, yet I’m supposed to fight another guy coming off a loss to the guy with the interim belt.

Will Brooks should be the guy they put me in front of for my next fight. Just know that whoever is picked, whoever I end up fighting, it was never my decision. Don’t let anyone tell you any differently, it’s not my decision and it never was.


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