It’s been a long ride for former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez to get back in the cage. All of that changes Saturday night when he faces current Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, the man who defrocked him of his title, and despite all the contract drama Alvarez said he would do it all again. Alvarez became a free agent after losing the bout to Chandler, and the UFC made him an offer that eventually lead to court proceedings. Bellator and Alvarez have since reached a settlement, and in a recent interview Alvarez says he learned a lot.
Alvarez told MMAJunkie:
“I learned that a lot of these contracts are written up one-sided, just completely one-sided. That’s not a secret. They’re totally one-sided and you don’t have much of a choice. You sign it and fight, or you don’t fight. So you sign it, fight, and shut up. It’s better to sit down as men and discuss your difference and find a happy medium rather than going to court and going through that slow process.”
“I can make the choice to say, ‘Poor me,’ and complain about it, or I can make the choice to accept it and control what I’m able to control. The truth is, I can only fight. I trust my management to make the right decisions and put me in the right position to fight the best guys and get to that number one spot. But really, the business aspect of this sport I don’t like. I don’t think any fighter does, but there’s nothing we can do about it, so there’s no sense in talking about it.”
“I don’t have any regrets, because I tried my best. I really tried my best to get there, you know? I did. It wasn’t like Bellator sent me a contract and I just signed it and said, ‘To hell with the UFC.’ I put my best foot forward trying to get over there and fight for a title. I’m very happy with my efforts to try to get there and do what I thought my fanbase wanted me to do, and do what I felt would get me to that spot. But I can’t have any regrets about what happens from here on out. I just can’t.”
“I learned some things that I’m happy for, but my feelings toward the sport are the same. I love this sport. The business aspect of it, none of us can change.”
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