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    Talks between Rebney and Alvarez falling apart, legal battle appears to be the only option - Bloody Elbow

    At one point, not long ago, it appeared that Eddie Alvarez was on the cusp of a UFC deal. His Bellator contract had ended and rather than sit out the 15-month matching period the promotion pushed the fighter to field other offers by nixing their 90 day exclusive negotiations. For Alvarez, it was an opportunity too good to turn down, and for Bellator it was a shrewd business decision, calculated towards getting an immediate evaluation of the fighters worth on the open market.

    It didn't take long for the UFC to make an offer, and for Bellator to match that offer. When Alvarez turned the contract down, Bellator filed a lawsuit. Alvarez counter sued and filed an immediate injunction to allow himself to fight on an upcoming UFC pay-per-view. However, the motion failed, with presiding Judge Linares determining that the potential gains for Alvarez did not constitute justification for him to break the terms of his past arrangements.

    Initially, as the dispute played out in legal channels, Rebney expressed his expectations that he and Alvarez would eventually be able to come to an amicable agreement. He released the following statement to MMA Fighting, back in January:

    "Ed and I have four years of a good working relationship and about 30 days of not a good relationship," he said. "When you weigh those factors out, there's a very high likelihood we could shake hands and get past it with a fair amount of ease. Ed's in business and as you can see from the numbers, it can be a very lucrative business. I know I can shove off and move forward, put things back in line in short order. I hope Ed can do the same. It may be a long, drawn out fight between the two or something that can be settled relatively quickly. We'll see."

    Now after months of legal jockeying it appears that relationships have soured altogether. In a recent interview with MMAjunkie Rebney sounded all but resigned to the fact that if a deal with Alvarez was going to get made it would only happen through the courts.

    "I had hope a month ago there was a door opening," Rebney said. "But that door isn't open at this point. So I don't know. The court system is slow and methodical, and we're just going through the process. I don't have any projections of it getting settled at this point because we're not talking. The essence of it is, the promoter is never going to get everything he wants and the fighter is never going to get everything he wants. We have a position that we did everything right legally, and the court has supported us. I thought we were headed down a road (to resolution), and then everything went real dark."

    That sounds about as bad as it probably is. Which is to say that these two sides have zero interest in working with each other, outside the reality that Bellator stands to make a reasonable amount of money from Alvarez if they can keep him tied to the promotion. It's hard to say how valuable that relationship could ever truly be considering that Alvarez will probably be an unwilling participant in any promotional duties going forward, but perhaps there will be time to mend fences further down the road.
    And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus

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    Booooo Bellator.

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    Bjorn is being a petulant, spiteful asshole with this entire situation and before anybody goes, "Well, Dana would do the same thing.....", Rebney is KILLING Eddie's prime years and let's be honest, Eddie fulfilled his contractual obligations and expressed that he didn't want to work with BFC anymore and when the money match came in from BFC, there's NO FUCKING WAY they could ever feasibly match the UFC's offer of PPVs and the judge's decision was completely uninformed and BFC lucked out on the misinterpretation of a technicality. Last time I checked, there weren't any Bellator PPVs on the horizon, so clearly Rebney is full of shit.

    Bjorn pulled similar seditious shit with Brookins, Herman and Nam and don't EVER get Sugar Ray Leonard started on Rebney, because he fucking HATES him, this is petty BS. I only hope Eddie can have the ZUFFA wolves gut BFC's argument, since they haven't and won't be holding PPVs, nor will they be able to match the incentives that the UFC offers.

    FUCK REBNEY.

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    Hopefully this makes fighters think twice about signing with Bellator.

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    Dammit Rebney, just let him fight where he wants.

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    Business as usual.
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    I'm sure if he forces him to stay completely against his will he'll be a model employee... Good lord. What an asshole this rebney fella is... Sucking away a fighters prime years after he fulfilled his business agreement is fucking shameful.

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    Hopefully Bellator can stay afloat. Having healthy alternatives to the UFC is of paramount importance for the growth of MMA. With no viable alternatives UFC fighter pay would decrease and the contracts would even further slant in the UFC's favor because fighters wouldn't be able to go anywhere else. It's certainly not the popular move for Bjorn to go this route but Eddie hasn't given him any other choice.

    Keep fighting the good fight Bjorn! War Bellator!!
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    Alvarez moving to Boca Raton, forced to sell home - Mixed Martial Arts News

    Alvarez responded, via Twitter.

    Edward Alvarez ‏@Ealvarezfight
    •Sorry I have been absent lately guys, here are some updates, I recently just sold an investment property in order to wait this trial thing out.
    •I didn't want to sell it was supposed to be a retirement thing but that's how shit goes, very happy its sold and I'm packing now!
    •I am taking the funds from the sale of the home and moving to Florida with me and my family. I leave in a few days to search out a rental.
    •I'll be training as if I have a fight no matter what the circumstances.
    •We will be going to trial and there will be NO settlement. I was to see this thing through and let the truth come out in the end.
    •My goal is to move to Florida. Train with the best team and coaches in the world, beat this court case, become #1 in the world and keep it.
    •I am in no hurry. This has always been a marathon for me, not a sprint. And time will only make me more dangerous when I fight, I promise.
    •On the good side, I made a shit load of cash from selling my property so me and the fam should be straight for a while!
    •I haven't tweeted because I been renovated my property in Philly to get in ready to rent. It took 14 hr days for six weeks doing it myself.
    •Since 18 I have fought at least every roughly five months so I have been learning a lot from this break.
    •Miami has unsanctioned fights somewhere for cash. Told my wife I might need to take the drive down there on the weekend to stay sharp.
    •Headed to Boca Raton, the schools are really good and the gym is close.
    •@SUGARRAYLEONARD I think we both have something in Common, F ed by Bjorn Rebney .. would love to chat.
    •Thank you guys for your support. Every tweet positive or negitive does help!! This is just a pitstop, that's put there for a reason . THNQ
    And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus

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    Eddie deserves better.

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