Eddie Alvarez Tweets Bellator Early Release Letter with Alleged Changed Language

John HeinisSenior Analyst IMay 12, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Bellator
Photo Courtesy of Bellator

Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has had no issue making his feud with Bellator public over the last few months, which is why it's no surprise he tweeted a copy of his early release letter Sunday morning.

20130509155142989.pdf - docs.google.com/file/d/1BtgqH0…Heres the document!!!! Am I still telling Lies ??? @bjornrebney

— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 12, 2013

The letter, which is dated Oct. 30, 2012, states that Bellator agrees to "conditionally waive its rights to the period of exclusive negotiation" with Alvarez.

However, the waiver only applied to negotiations which Alvarez planned to enter with Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC. 

In the event that Alvarez is offered a contract by the UFC, Bellator then has 14 business days to "match the material terms of the offer," a phrase Alvarez highlighted. 

Also worth noting is that "The Silent Assassin" never signed or dated the letter, at least in the copy he posted on Twitter.

The coveted free agent posted the letter in response to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney's recent claim to MMA Fighting's Luke Thomas that Alvarez was lying when he said Viacom, the parent company of Bellator, changed the wording in his contract. 

MMA Junkie reported in January that Alvarez's contract offer from the UFC pushed for a quick title shot and also gave the Philadelphia native a cut of pay-per-view sales. 

The 29-year-old boasts a solid 24-3 mixed martial arts record, having won nine of his past 10 fights. 

His sole loss during that time was a "Fight of the Year"-caliber bout against Michael Chandler in November 2011, where Chandler captured the Bellator lightweight strap. 

Since this dispute looks like it's inevitably going to be settled in court, it's anyone's guess as to whether or not Alvarez ever makes his way into the Octagon.

UPDATE: 12:35 P.M. Eastern Time 

Alvarez has now posted a copy of the letter that he signed and dated on November 2, 2012, with the key difference being the phrase "match the terns of the offer," as opposed to "match the material terms of the offer."


John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com and contributes MMA videos to The Young Turks Sports Show.