There has been a lot of talk recently with regards to Eddie Alvarez‘s status as a free agent and it looks like Bellator is getting close to a resolution on his future with the organization. Alvarez is coming off of an October win over Patricky Freire and now finds himself at the end of his contract. With rumors and dollar amounts being tossed about amongst fans and analysts, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney says the world will know sooner than later if he will be staying with the organization.
“We do our analysis and try to determine if it fits in our model. Eddie can say, ‘I’m going to go see what they offer,’ and if he does, there’s no reason to dance,” said Rebney to in an interview with MMAFighting.
It is well known that Bellator has a much different pay scale than the UFC and Rebney said he expects Alvarez to look what’s on the table regardless of where the deal is coming from.
“If he wants to look at what they’re offering, and I don’t think that’s unreasonable by the way, I’ll open the door sooner than we’re required. I’m not saying we won’t come to an agreement, but even though we’re having some good talks, that’s what it might come down to.”
“My read on Ed is that he’s approached these talks professionally and totally in good faith. He’s made the effort to come sit and talk to us. He’s followed up and asked a lot of questions as far as what we can do for him, the exposure we can provide and what other doors we can open,” Rebney continued. “He’s been very engaged. Ed’s been rock-solid for us for years, and if he wants to see what they are going to offer, I’m going to let him see.”
All said and done, Rebney stated the situation isn’t about just throwing out money offers, and they understand how big of deal this is.
“It’s an interesting spot. We’ve talked about the dynamics for months about him staying or leaving, and we don’t make decisions based off emotions,” he concluded.
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