On Tuesday August 19 2014, Bellator MMA officially granted their Lightweight Campion, Eddie Alvarez his outright release from his contract to fight for the promotion. It is well known that Alvarez had a bitterly contested contract dispute with former CEO Bjorn Rebney. Exit Mr. Rebney, enter Scott Coker (founder and former CEO of Strikeforce) left many wondering what would become of Alvarez’s relationship with the fight league. Mr. Coker had meetings with Mr. Alvarez’s manager Glen Robinson to work out any potential issues there may have been between Alvarez and the organization. After months of talks it became clear to Coker that Alvarez didn’t see Bellator in his long term future.
Making Alvarez a free agent opens more questions to what Bellator does with their 155 lb. title. In November of last year, Alvarez won the title and avenged his loss to Michael Chandler. Setting up the rubber match for May, 2014, unfortunately Alvarez suffered a concussion, and was replaced in the fight with “Ill Will” Brooks.
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