Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Eddie Alvarez Talks Not Fighting In The UFC

Bellator Light Champion Eddie Alvarez is one of the best lightweights NOT fighting under the Zuffa banner, be it for the UFC or Strikeforce, and talked following his week this past weekend over Jeff Curran about not fighting in the UFC and where's he at mentally in the MMA world:

“It means I'm still somewhat in-disposable. If I was among that group, I'd be disposable immediately the day that my contract was taken over by Zuffa, so… I feel like I still can have some sort of say with where my career goes and what sponsors I want to get and whether I want to be in a video game or not. There's a lot of things. The whole signing with Zuffa thing is a big control issue with me and I don't know, I just… I'm happy that they're doing what they're doing but right now I don't know if it's the right move for me.”

Mr. Alvarez tried to walk a fine line but remain honest about his feelings regarding the UFC. “I don't think they're doing anything wrong. I think they're running their business the way they are supposed to. But my issue with it is the way fighters lose one or two fights and they're fired and, not only that, there is no like, it's not like a union like the NFL, the NBA, and these other sports where the finances are regulated and you have to receive a minimum in order to be a part of that league. Like NFL, I don't know, maybe you have to receive half a million dollars per year just to play in the NFL or maybe a quarter of a million. The UFC's not like that. They can offer someone, you know, $5,000 and $5,000, the guy can fight at first and get his face broken to pieces and then he can totally put on a poor performance and then get fired. That scares me. I would like to be paid like an athlete and, I don't know. I guess I have a lot of issues with it and when I was, I believe when I was ranked #2 in the world, I was offered something from the UFC but it was significantly lower than what I was getting paid at that time, almost like insultingly low and I just, it wasn't the right move for me at that time. I have no qualms, I like the UFC, Dana White does a great job with them and they're definitely the biggest stage on Earth. And if I fight there some day, then great, but right now I think I'm where I'm supposed to be at.”

“No, I think Dana realizes, you know, the type of person I am and he's seen me fight and I think he knows, you know, I don't take anything he says or doesn't say about me to heart. He's been in a number of interviews where he discredits my abilities and I understand why. I'm not mad at him. I'm not mad at him about it, I understand why he would discredit anything that I do. I don't work for him. But, you know, this is a business, man, so I mean I don't expect him to get emotional and say,

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