In a move that has been rumored for weeks; Bellator MMA has granted their lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, an unconditional release. Alvarez has been on rough terms with the promotion since the company matched his contract offer from the UFC and entered into a lengthy court battle with the fighter. Alvarez ultimately decided to return on a short two-fight deal and defeated Michael Chandler to become the lightweight champion. Alvarez was then scheduled for a rubber match with Chandler, but had to withdraw due to an injury. Alvarez was rumored to be facing Donald Cerrone at UFC 178, but Cerrone has since been matched up with Bobby Green. Alvarez now enters the free agent market and his future is uncertain. As far as Bellator is concerned; Will Brooks is now the undisputed lightweight champion. Bellator issued a press release and below are quotes from Bellator President, Scott Coker, and Alvarez.

 

Bellator President Scott Coker has released a statement regarding Eddie Alvarez:

“We’ve granted Eddie his unconditional release. Eddie is free to explore the free agent market, we hold no matching rights, and we wish him the best in the future. We sat down with Eddie and his team a few times, and it became pretty clear early on that he just wasn’t interested in fighting for Bellator in the future. We want guys in this organization that want to be here, and after the history Eddie and the former regime had here at Bellator, we decided to move on. We wish Eddie the absolute best of luck with whatever is next for him. It’s a new chapter for everyone involved.”

Eddie Alvarez has also released a statement:

“This was a long process but it’s a decision that everyone seems happy with. I think it’s important to say that I am genuinely thankful for my time at Bellator. I know that sounds a little crazy given everything I went through, but I’ve fought there since 2009, and have been involved in some really amazing fights. The staff there always treated me great, and I’m going to miss seeing a lot of those familiar faces around for sure. Myself and my team had some really good discussions with Scott, but in my heart I knew I was ready to move on and start the next chapter in my career.”

 

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Trey Downey
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A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.