Former lightweight champion in both the Bellator and UFC, Alvarez is now a free agent after his recent breakup with ONE Championship (30-8 MMA, 9-1 BMMA). Alvarez, now 38 and nearing the end of his career, plans to leave his mark.
That includes not ruling out a return to Bellator, where Alvarez was the main attraction at the promotion's first event in April 2009 and continued to fight through November 2013.
Coker, the current president of Bellator, wasn't there during Alvarez's first stint with the promotion, but he is familiar with the American's accomplishments in the MMA industry. Even though nothing is set in stone, Coker has scheduled a meeting with Alvarez's representation at VaynerSports in the hopes of signing him.
“I love Eddie’s style of fighting,” Coker said.
“The building we’re going to (Bellator 286) is his fight with Chandler back in the day. It’s been a long ride. He’s had a great career. I love our roster the way it sits now. We’d be interested in Eddie – we’re definitely interested in having a conversation with his manager or agent Lloyd. I think we’re scheduled to talk next week sometime. There’s nothing that’s concrete or anything – all preliminary talks. If it makes sense for everybody then maybe we would consider 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.”