Dear MMA media,
Mind your own business!
Former Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez is putting the mixed martial arts (MMA) media on blast for the rampant speculation regarding his new contract with Bellator MMA, the combat sports promotion operating under the Viacom banner and airing on Spike TV.
Authentic Sports Management (ASM) released his statement earlier today.
"Recently there has been speculation in the media regarding my settlement with Bellator. The settlement is involved and complicated and contains many contingencies. The terms of the settlement are confidential and neither I, nor my representatives, are going to release these terms to anyone. The speculations, which have been printed, are just that, speculations, and could not possibly be completely accurate as the settlement is over forty (40) pages long. I would suggest that these speculations are helping no one, and respectfully request that they cease immediately. All I want to do is fight."
In fairness to the media, Alvarez has done his share of talking.
Instead of "no comment," the former champ has been pretty loose-lipped about how the entire thing went down, telling The MMA Hour that his new deal was "not what he wanted," but still "fair enough" to sign on the dotted line. See his comments from that appearance here.
It was kind of a big deal.
Let's also not forget that Alvarez had no problem talking turkey with reporters when he was tied up in court with his employers, after they "lied to the judge" when attempting to keep him from joining the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
But that's all water under the bridge, so please stop talking about it.
Instead, let's focus on his upcoming rematch against Michael Chandler for the promotion's 155-pound strap. They'll do the dance for a second time as the co-main event on the "Rampage vs. Tito" pay-per-view (details), which takes place on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Long Beach Arena in California. How did that fight come about?