Photo of Eddie Alvarez via Bellator.com.
After months of wondering when Alvarez would fulfill his final fight on his Bellator contract, MMA Fighting has revealed the "Silent Assassin" will in fact fight one more time for the promotion he's called home for the previous three years:
The former Bellator lightweight champion has agreed to fight for the promotion on Oct. 12, which will fulfill the final fight on his current contract. According to Alvarez, his opponent has yet to be signed. The fight will take place Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The promotion is expected to announce his opponent and the fight in the coming days.
Once the fight is over, win, lose or draw, Eddie will become the most sought after free agent in mixed martial arts (MMA) and will be open to taking offers from any promotion and sign with them should Bellator choose not to match the offers on the table within a three-month period.
But where will he end up? After the jump, we take a look at the options.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the most likely option and the one that perhaps can pay Alvarez the money he is looking for. He's already been seen rubbing elbows with the promotion's President, Dana White, at UFC on Fox 3 this past May when ZUFFA invaded New Jersey, Eddie's home state.
Furthermore, Alvarez has expressed interest in signing with the promotion once his contractual obligations with Bellator are fulfilled.
Strikeforce head honcho Scott Coker has also expressed interest in the 155-pound fighter and would love nothing more than to see him come over to his Hexagon and mix it up with the promotion's current lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Then again, should he choose that path, Alvarez will have very few contenders to challenge after the "El Nino" bout takes place.
There is also ONE FC, which has quickly become Asia's best MMA promotion, but its talent pool at the moment isn't exactly stacked with the level of competition the UFC can offer, as his former Bellator stablemate Hector Lombard quickly discovered.
I leave it to you Maniacs, who should Eddie face in his final bout with Bellator and where will he end up once his final fight with the promotion is fulfilled?