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    Eddie Alvarez Heads to Court On Jan 25 Seeking Injunction To Allow Him to Sign with UFC


    Former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez will head to court on Jan 25 to seek an injunction that would allow him to sign and fight for the UFC as early as UFC 159 in New Jersey.

    According to a report by Kevin Iole from official MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports, Alvarez has been granted a hearing with a judge in New Jersey to seek that injunction that would hopefully allow him freedom from Bellator, and put him to work for the UFC.


    Alvarez is currently held up after receiving an offer from the UFC that was then matched by his previous employers at Bellator. Under the terms of his original agreement with Bellator, they had matching rights to offer their former lightweight champion equal contract points for any other promotion that tried to gain his services.

    The UFC did in fact make an offer. In their counter offer, Bellator literally took the names UFC and Zuffa (the parent company of the UFC) off of the contract, and replaced it with their name while also dabbling in some extra earning potential for Alvarez.

    Alvarez and his management team along with his attorneys hope to prove that the value of the two contracts are not the same due to several additional bonuses the UFC can provide, including pay-per-view points that the fighter can earn with the promotion. Currently, Bellator has never done and as of late last year had not planned to do pay-per-view any time soon.

    Alvarez will seek the injunction in front of Federal judge Jose L. Linares, asking for his freedom to sign with the UFC and hopefully fight on the upcoming UFC 159 card in New Jersey, headlined by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as he faces Chael Sonnen.

    The card would also hold local significance for Alvarez because he spends a large portion of his training time in New Jersey working alongside former UFC champion Frankie Edgar. He alsohails from neighboring Philadelphia and has routinely had a fan base that will pay to see him fight locally.

    Seeking the injunction doesn’t mean final resolution will come on Jan. 25.

    The judge overseeing the case can opt to grant the injunction and allow Alvarez to fight for the UFC and order a trial, he could rule in favor of Bellator, or he could deny the injunction altogether and put the case on trial.


    Alvarez is obviously hopeful to seek resolution that would allow him to fight in the UFC in April.

    “Got a court date on Jan. 25, very excited to get this BS dealt with. Very confident that the truth will prevail and you should be too,” wrote Alvarez via Twitter on Friday. “Thank you all for having my back through out and pray this can get dealt with quickly.”

    On Thursday evening, Alvarez provided a running play-by-play via Twitter for Bellator’s debut show on Spike TV in which lightweight champion Michael Chandler, the man who beat Alvarez for the title, defeated Rick Hawn in the main event.

    Throughout the broadcast, Alvarez answered fans who asked about possible anger towards Bellator for the way this whole process has played out and he made it clear that while he’s not happy with the current agenda, he still loves the promotion that provided him a home for the last several years.

    “To clear the air, I love Bellator,” said Alvarez. “Am I happy with what’s going on? No, but things will pass and my feeling will remain the same.”
    How can Bellator match a co ME on a PPV card?

    Think about this, if Jones/Sonnen draws say 700k in buys, Alvarez would earn a bonus of $850k. That's not counting his $70k/$70k win/show money.
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    Decision on #Alvarez will be made later today. Either judge will grant injunction allowing him to fight at UFC 159, or court process goes on
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    Not looking good for Eddie. The judge said that he has to believe Bellator and their ability to produce a PPV. If they don't, Eddie can sue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knockturnal View Post
    Eddie Alvarez Heads to Court On Jan 25 Seeking Injunction To Allow Him to Sign with UFC




    How can Bellator match a co ME on a PPV card?

    Think about this, if Jones/Sonnen draws say 700k in buys, Alvarez would earn a bonus of $850k. That's not counting his $70k/$70k win/show money.
    You cannot prove or disprove their ability to match hypothetical numbers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knockturnal View Post
    Not looking good for Eddie. The judge said that he has to believe Bellator and their ability to produce a PPV. If they don't, Eddie can sue.
    So pretty much all Bellator has to do is put together a single PPV lol

    If they don't and Eddie Alvarez does sue them how will the courts determine his compensation for the hypothetical card he missed out on in the UFC?

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    And it just got uglier...

    BREAKING: Court denies Alvarez's application for an injunction that would have allowed him to fight at UFC 159. The legal fight goes on.
    By the way, during the hearing, Bellator's lawyer said they already have a PPV fight for Alvarez, a rematch with Chandler.

    So much for title shots being earned...
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    Pardon my ignorance, but if Eddie is a free agent can't he just sign with the UFC freely even if Bellator does match the contract? Or is Eddie a restricted free agent with Bellator and if Bellator does match the UFC offer than Eddie needs to go back to Bellator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal Militia View Post
    Pardon my ignorance, but if Eddie is a free agent can't he just sign with the UFC freely even if Bellator does match the contract? Or is Eddie a restricted free agent with Bellator and if Bellator does match the UFC offer than Eddie needs to go back to Bellator?
    When he signed with Bellator, he gave Bellator the opportunity to match any contract once his Bellator contract was up.

    Now that doesn't mean he has to fight for Bellator even if they matched the UFC offer (a ruling still has to be made). He has the option to let the matching period run out, but that will take over a year to expire. Once that matching period is over, he can sign with whoever he wants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knockturnal View Post
    And it just got uglier...



    By the way, during the hearing, Bellator's lawyer said they already have a PPV fight for Alvarez, a rematch with Chandler.

    So much for title shots being earned...
    It is gonna be awesome to see what Bellator does on PPV and how much it costs LOL How pissed off will Eddie Alvarez be when he gets his ppv bonus check for a 50,000 ppv buy event?

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    Yah cuz I'm not buying
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    Quote Originally Posted by macattack View Post
    Yah cuz I'm not buying
    Just look and see what events like Affliction, Pride and WEC done with far superior talent.

    WEC 48 had Aldo, Faber, Pettis, Cerrone, Ben Henderson, Chan Sung Jung etc and it only done around 150,000 buys

    Affliction had Fedor, Vitor, Barnett, Arlovski, Lil Nog and all kinds of UFC vets and they only done 75,000-100,000 buys

    Bellator could put their best fighters on the entire card and probably be lucky to get 75,000 ppv buys.
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    If the PPV doesn't happen (and the event will just to avoid the following course of action), Alvarez has grounds to sue stating that he lost an opportunity to earn whatever wage he could have made with the UFC - a compensatory wage (likely a startlingly small dollar amount) - and then also seek punitive damages of a larger sum to; dissuade Bellator from ever using that style of contract clause, to make-up the delta between his paltry 'lost wages' compensation, and finally to ease any difficulties/costs associated with the whole affair.

    It's a crappy situation, but he will likely be shoehorned into a sub-par (by industry standards) PPV event to keep his name tied to the brand for that last little bit of draw. As ****** as that is, don't think for a second that any other company (including the UFC) would hesitate to do exactly the same thing if empowered by a crappy contract clause like that.

    The good-guy thing to do is let Alvarez go, but with litigation pending - that's certainly not going to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopsyTurvy View Post
    If the PPV doesn't happen (and the event will just to avoid the following course of action), Alvarez has grounds to sue stating that he lost an opportunity to earn whatever wage he could have made with the UFC - a compensatory wage (likely a startlingly small dollar amount) - and then also seek punitive damages of a larger sum to; dissuade Bellator from ever using that style of contract clause, to make-up the delta between his paltry 'lost wages' compensation, and finally to ease any difficulties/costs associated with the whole affair.

    It's a crappy situation, but he will likely be shoehorned into a sub-par (by industry standards) PPV event to keep his name tied to the brand for that last little bit of draw. As ****** as that is, don't think for a second that any other company (including the UFC) would hesitate to do exactly the same thing if empowered by a crappy contract clause like that.

    The good-guy thing to do is let Alvarez go, but with litigation pending - that's certainly not going to happen.
    I was reading on another forum that Eddie Alvarez and his lawyers are saying that Bellator not only has to produce a PPV but do so by March because that was in the contract. They are contending that they can prove Bellator had no intention of doing a PPV in March because they have yet to work out a deal with the providers, secure a venue, start advertising or start signing fighters to bout agreements. The events they already have set for March are tied to Spike TV.

    An interesting turn in all of this is that last night Dana White made a point to come out and say that they have the right to match any offer to Rampage Jackson. So that could get ugly as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityroller View Post
    Just look and see what events like Affliction, Pride and WEC done with far superior talent.

    WEC 48 had Aldo, Faber, Pettis, Cerrone, Ben Henderson, Chan Sung Jung etc and it only done around 150,000 buys

    Affliction had Fedor, Vitor, Barnett, Arlovski, Lil Nog and all kinds of UFC vets and they only done 75,000-100,000 buys

    Bellator could put their best fighters on the entire card and probably be lucky to get 75,000 ppv buys.

    that tells me u have to build ur organization a lot before trying to put on a ppv. if the ufc didn't exsist bellator could do it with the roster they have but people will compare the 2 and not want to shell out more money a month to watch another company after paying 55 dollars on the ufc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macattack View Post
    that tells me u have to build ur organization a lot before trying to put on a ppv. if the ufc didn't exsist bellator could do it with the roster they have but people will compare the 2 and not want to shell out more money a month to watch another company after paying 55 dollars on the ufc.
    Well just think about how long the UFC has been the face of American MMA and even still after all this time they still have the occasional PPV that does poor numbers in the low 200,000 range.

    You can't just jump into the game and expect to do numbers right off of the bat. It is gonna take years of losses to likely get to where you are making money. Bellator has a good thing going with their deal on Spike and they need to stick with what they are doing and would have been best to just let Eddie Alvarez go because he isn't worth the money anyways IMO.

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    exactly
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