Just hours after Bellator MMA announced they had parted ways with Eddie Alvarez, the former lightweight champion had found a new home.
Officials confirmed Alvarez had signed a contract to fight at UFC 178 in September against Donald Cerrone. The bout has been rumored for weeks, but seemed non-existent after Cerrone agreed to face Bobby Green.
Alvarez (25-3) won nine of 10 Bellator fights, including a win last year over Michael Chandler to reclaim the title. He was scheduled to face Chandler for a third time earlier this year, but a training injury postponed the fight.
Cerrone (24-6) has had his hand raised 11 times inside the Octagon. He owns wins a four-fight win streak that includes four “Fight Night” bonuses and finishes.
Green, now without an opponent, will be rescheduled for a later date.
Below is the current lineup:
UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Chris Cariaso
Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez
Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Middleweight: Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Featherweight: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Female Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
Welterweight: John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole
Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson
Lightweight: James Krause vs. Jorge Masvidal
Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck
Bantamweight: Manny Gamburyan vs. Cody Gibson
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