Bellator’s hottest commodity Eddie Alvarez may be coming to the UFC.
If it seems like we’ve taken a stroll down this road before, we have, like a lot.
There has long been talks of a move from Bellator to the UFC for Alvarez but the fighter has constantly ran into road blocks, in the form of the tall, bald, former chief executive officer of Bellator, Bjorn Rebney.
Alvarez and Rebney engaged in an ugly back and fourth legal battle over Alvarez’s contract with Bellator, sidelining the fighter a year.
The issue surrounded Bellator’s right to match whatever offer Alvarez received from other fight organizations.
Where things got a little tricky was when the UFC offered Alvarez a bonus, win money, show money and pay-per-view points. Bellator matched everything the UFC offered, including the points but Alvarez argued that Bellator has never put on a PPV event.
Alvarez would go on to lose the argument with Bellator and begrudgingly sign a new fight deal with the organization in August of 2013.
Since the dispute, Alvarez won the Bellator lightweight championship belt, in a fight of the year candidate against Michael Chandler and was set to have a rematch with Chandler, but that fight was put on hold after a concussion in training camp forced Alvarez to pull out.
Also since the dispute, Rebney has been removed from the Bellator and replaced by former Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker.
With Rebney out of the picture and Scott Coker in, Alvarez seems set to finally make his long awaited UFC debut. That is, of course, if Coker, who seems to be on good terms with the UFC, decides to play ball and let the Philadelphia born fighter walk.
The two companies are currently in talks, in an attempt to bring the 25-3 fighter over to the big stage and bright lights of the greatest fight organization in the world and the UFC already knows who they want to pit him against.
If the negotiations go through and all is well, then fight fans around the world may be treated to a spectacular bout on a ridiculous fight card.
It is rumored that Eddie Alvarez would make his UFC debut at UFC 178, an already a stacked card, against Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone.
Cerrone is on a four-fight win streak, earning a fight bonus in each of his four bouts and has already given the UFC an open invitation to send whom ever they want the cowboy to fight, his way.
Though Alvarez may be looking for a title fight, something that he believes he should be in line for, Cerrone is a big name, with a huge following and is on a tare right now.
It has been a long time coming for Alveraz and if this is how he makes his UFC debut, then outside of a title shot, I don’t see there being a better setting.
A stacked fight card, at the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada against a top ranked opponent is just what the doctor ordered. And if Alvarez can get past Cerrone, and do so impressively, then he’ll surely be knocking on the door for a title shot.
Let us just hope that this is not the same road we’ve walked down before. Let us hope that this time around Alvarez has found a new path leading into a brighter direction.