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  • 01-03-2013, 05:18 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    Counter offers from Bellator... Funded by Spike one would assume.. I think Bellator is going to go on a run this year.
  • 12-29-2012, 10:07 PM
    POINDEXTER
    Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler was damn near the fight of the year if Hendo vs. Shogun didn't happen later that night. I'd love to see a rematch with Chandler. Other than that, he has much better fights and career opportunities in the UFC.
  • 12-29-2012, 09:35 PM
    lwbrewer
    You gotta remember big money from the UFC doesn't mean it will last normal contract could be as little as 1 and done. Now I believe he wouldn't sign without a large amount gaurenteed no matter what happens.
  • 12-29-2012, 07:30 PM
    Firemass
    Urgh....if I wasn't too tired I'd give you some lip sunshine!

    I blame the nightshifts. Do I at least get extra credit for my amusing 'Gift Basket' comment?

    Either way if UFC really want Alvarez, I have a feeling they'll make it happen.
  • 12-29-2012, 07:24 PM
    sproggy
    Quote Originally Posted by Firemass View Post
    I'm surprised Bellator would have the kind of cash to make negotiations get ugly.

    I'd always imagine Bellator make the offer, the UFC then make their offer, Bellator realise they can't compete with UFC money, Bellator get Alvarez a nice Gift Basket for his services to the company and wish him well on his way.
    Earlier this month Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claimed his promotion, bolstered by support from Viacom, had the capability of matching Alvarez's recent UFC offer. If his words are true, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see Alvarez back in the Bellator cage in 2013. Though White's uncharacteristically subdued response likely signifies that this story is far from over.
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  • 12-29-2012, 07:10 PM
    Firemass
    I'm surprised Bellator would have the kind of cash to make negotiations get ugly.

    I'd always imagine Bellator make the offer, the UFC then make their offer, Bellator realise they can't compete with UFC money, Bellator get Alvarez a nice Gift Basket for his services to the company and wish him well on his way.
  • 12-29-2012, 02:50 PM
    lwbrewer
    I agree with the artical in that a UFC offer they couldn't match due to PPV % and things there org doesn't have to offer. Zuffa knowing that and a large legal team can still get Eddie and/or put much finacial burden on Belator.
  • 12-29-2012, 02:21 PM
    Rise
    I'm wondering if by saying "going to get ugly" there are going to be some legal matters brought into it. Kind of thinking we might see some charges of bad faith bargaining or tampering while under contract or in a situation where negotiations weren't supposed to happen.

    Saying it's going to get ugly doesn't sound like a money issue to me. Dana and Zuffa have never been overly concerned about a fighter getting when they didn't feel like he was worth the money he was getting elsewhere or the deal didn't make sense from their perspective. While Alvarez is a is a talented fighter he doesn't make or break the UFC LW division.

    More then a financial issues here.
  • 12-29-2012, 04:54 AM
    AnchorPunch
    Eddie's been pretty candid that his promotional decisions all come down to maximizing the money for his kids (said in a much more respectable way than I'm summarizing here). I hope the time of free agency doesn't impact him.

    Wonder if Bellator is counting on him getting nervous about time away from paycheck during a drawn-out process and just caving.
  • 12-28-2012, 11:15 PM
    Fe1
    Of course it's going to get ugly. No surprise there at all. Bellator is going to do everything they can to keep one of their top fighters from leaving to go fight for their biggest competition. On the flip side, Dana says he wants to sign Alvarez, so if he wants it bad enough it'll happen.
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