Bjorn Rebney revealed some details of the contract Eddie Alvarez signed when he returned to Bellator last year during his media scrum following Bellator 120 Saturday night.
Alvarez was set to meet Michael Chandler in the main event for his lightweight title. He he suffered a head injury in training and was forced out, Will Brooks was brought in as a replacement. Brooks earned the interim title when he scored a split decision over Chandler.
While it would seem to make sense that Alvarez-Brooks would be booked, Rebney told reporters that Alvarez-Chandler 3 could happen first.
“The reality of the Ed situation is that Ed’s contract specifies that his next fight would be against Michael Chandler,” Rebney said (thanks to The MMA Report for the quotes). “So Ed is now in a position where he can choose to fight Chandler, and contractually, we have to give him the Chandler fight after he beat Chandler the first time.
“It’s a situation we’ll have to sit down and discuss with Ed and figure out where it goes because he’s got paperwork and he’s got a contract that gives him the right to demand the Chandler fight.”
Last November, Alvarez won back the title when he earned a split decision over Chandler. Prior to that, Chandler submitted Alvarez to claim the championship in 2011.
During the Brooks-Chandler fight, Alvarez weighed in on the contest, posting on Twitter, “Wow! Completely unexpected Great fight to both guys. I have it even.” He added before the official announcement that he felt Brooks “got it” in the end, which he did on two of the three scorecards by the judges.
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