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  • 01-11-2013, 03:26 AM
    joeodd2
    I think the immediate title shot seals the deal. Bjorn will not go that far to match the UFC, it would ruin the company's reputation. It was a smart move by the UFC, if it's true Bellator should be dropping the suit, cause there is no way they can afford the bad press for granting an immediate title shot....
  • 01-10-2013, 08:12 PM
    Y2JUBAE
    Maybe UFC should put together a contract that states something along the lines of a guarantee that he will get a sponsor from one of their sponsors and guarantee that he will be exposed to X amount of fans. That's impossible for Bellator to match as they don't have 25% of the fans that the UFC does, nor do they have the sponsors.
  • 01-10-2013, 07:42 PM
    lwbrewer
    Zuffa made there offer knowing full well it included things BFC couldn't offer/= loophole This is a tactic to delay someone else from making money from Eddie.IMHO.
  • 01-10-2013, 07:25 PM
    Rise
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dark_angel_4ever View Post
    I still don't understand how they can match the UFC's offer. The clause about getting to fight on Fox is a great example. That's exposure to 5+ million people and a good performance would advance the Eddie Alverez "brand" and make him worth more money.

    I don't see how Bellator can offer the same exposure.
    They don't need to match exposure or branding. The contract only calls for them to match any offer dollar for dollar. The rest is just hypothetical and can't be broken into financial terms.
  • 01-10-2013, 06:44 PM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by CapCee View Post
    For a hardcore fan, certainly. But try selling that win to the casual audience. Along with his relatively recent loss to global superstar... Michael Chandler. And didn't he also lose to Aoki before avenging that defeat? We have to think like a promoter at least slightly. What type of numbers would you expect from a PPV headlined by Eddie Alvarez right now? If Hendricks can get screwed out of a title shot after knocking the soul out of numerous formidable UFC names, Alvarez can fight another contender before fightng for the LW belt.
    All they have to say is former Bellator champion. The casual fanbase isn't that hard to win over when you present Alvarez's highlights. The casuals aren't snobs, they are simply less informed.

  • 01-10-2013, 06:32 PM
    rabidsponge
    i think what bellator is arguing is the wording of the ufc contract
    Update forthcoming to story on Eddie Alvarez's contract: UFC contract reads that it INTENDS to give him title shot and offers PPV points.
  • 01-10-2013, 05:43 PM
    Rise
    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    So what does Zuffa do now? Do they just play the waiting game and see how all this plays out in court?
    That's all they can do really without risking being drawn into a lawsuit themselves.
  • 01-10-2013, 05:31 PM
    the_dark_angel_4ever
    I still don't understand how they can match the UFC's offer. The clause about getting to fight on Fox is a great example. That's exposure to 5+ million people and a good performance would advance the Eddie Alverez "brand" and make him worth more money.

    I don't see how Bellator can offer the same exposure.
  • 01-10-2013, 02:58 PM
    Y2JUBAE
    Wow, and here I am thinking that "matching" means to offer the same. Offering a piece of a Bellator show (13 bucks) vs. offering a piece of a UFC show (200,000.00 to 1,000,000.00 dollars). not matching up.
  • 01-10-2013, 02:54 PM
    KevoOnTheRadio
    So what does Zuffa do now? Do they just play the waiting game and see how all this plays out in court?
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