Eddie Alvarez has only recently learned of his free agency, but he is already receiving a lot of interest from teams.
Former lightweight champion of the UFC and Bellator, Alvarez (30-8) has recently ended his contract with One Championship.
“We signed our contract and then the pandemic kind of hit,” Alvarez said.
“It put a weird, little, I don’t want to say, ‘gray area,’ in the contract. It was a weird little thing that went on where there was a pause – a pretty long pause, a lot longer than what our contract sort of spelled out. Everybody involved, more than anything, the contract was coming to an end. I spoke to Lloyd, my agent, and I said, ‘I want my fights, my career to finish up in the United States, in the U.S..’
“For the most part, all of the biggest names everybody has already been mentioning have all reached out,” Alvarez said. “We have meetings with almost everyone. I’m going to hear everyone out. More than anything, I’m going to hear the fans out.”
The 38-year-old Alvarez has not ruled out a comeback to either the UFC or Bellator. Although his split from Bellator was nasty, Alvarez blamed the promotion’s former boss for it.
“My messy divorce with Bellator was with Bjorn Rebney,” Alvarez said.
“It wasn’t with Scott Coker. I was freed by Scott Coker. I was not held captive by Scott Coker. They fired Bjorn and then Scott Coker took head and I was freed. My issue was never with Bellator, the name. I had a spat with a CEO or the president and that president got fired.”