When we caught up with Eddie Alvarez last month, he was pretty excited about his an upcoming rematch with Dream Lightweight Chamption, Shinya Aoki. Accoridng to Fighter’s Only, There seems to be some issues with his contract negotiation, with both parties being described as being “miles apart” on numbers.
When Eddie spoke earlier this month to Heavy MMA, and had a much more optimistic view approaching the issue.
“I still have eight or nine months left on my contract with Bellator or one or two fights,” Alvarez said. “I’m waiting to finalize things, but I believe we are going to be doing the fight with Shinya Aoki. That would be on April 20, but we just received the contracts and we are looking them over. Nothing is 100 percent right now, but that is what we are aiming to do.”
Rumors are now strongly pointing to Alvarez making a move to the UFC, which would unfortunately shatter the former Bellator Lightweight Champion’s hopes of redemption on his 2008 loss to the Japanese superstar. Alvarez had gone unbeaten since that loss, until his last match up against Michael Chandler at Bellator 58, in which he lost the Lightweight Championship. If Eddie does make a move away from Bellator, it will be intersting to see how the division continues without his star power, and a possible clash with training partner, UFC Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar.
[Via Bloody Elbow]