On October 12th, Bellator FC will host their 76th event, this time in Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature former 155 lb champion and Bellator poster boy Eddie Alvarez taking on Brazilian Patricky Freire. Bellator has a few decisions to make, as Alvarez is looking at this being the last fight on his contract with the company, and he represents probably their signature performer since they started the league. Will they let him walk like they did Hector Lombard?
A lot is going to depend on this fight coming up, and what Bellator does in the interim.
Unless Bellator comes up with a credible offer for Alvarez and tries to sign him long term before the fight occurs, they are going to see Alvarez test the free agency waters in MMA, and we will be in new territory. No one of Alvarez’ name value and star power has really hit the open market in MMA, and Alvarez is likely looking for some money.
The odds are not up for the fight yet, obviously, but Alvarez will be a favorite, and he will be carrying a good bit of pressure with him into the fight regardless.
Alvarez, should he sign a long term contract with Bellator, would obviously not want to lose his first fight heading into the contract.
And if he doesn’t sign with Bellator prior to the fight, Alvarez certainly does not want to enter into negotiations with the UFC (who else is ther , really?) coming off a loss.
Freire is a tough customer, with a balanced attack and he has faced and beaten some tough people. Certainly Alvarez is his glossiest opponent to date, and Freire should want to take what is Alvarez’ for himself.
Her eis how it is going to go down – Alvarez will test free agency and not sign a contract extension with Bellator heading into the fight. The fight will see him as at least a 3 to 1 favorite, and he will make short work of Patricky.
This leads to Eddie Alvarez negotiating with the UFC< where Bellator will likely have the ability to match the money per their old contract.
The question is, will Bjorn have the stones to match?