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Bellator grants Eddie Alvarez early release from exclusive negotiating period

As of Friday, lightweight free agent Eddie Alvarez is on the open market and able to negotiate a deal with any mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion that wants him. But what does he want? "Just to fight the best."


Bjorn Rebney is a man of his word.

The Bellator bossman said he would allow Eddie Alvarez to entertain outside offers if that's what the top ranked lightweight wanted and that's exactly what has happened.

Alvarez had his contract expire after his crushing knockout victory over Patricky Freire in early October and immediately after he was announced the winner, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was on Twitter telling him, "let's talk."

Now that Bellator has waived the 90 day exclusive negotiating period, as of this past Friday, they can do just that. But what does Alvarez want?

In a recent chat with MMAInterviews.TV, he was outright asked where he's headed:

"That's not really up to me. I'm in between with my management and promotions. Bjorn Rebney was gracious enough to give us our release papers early, earlier than what we were contractually to get, he gave it to us Friday. So we're going to try to move it along as fast as possible for myself and for Bellator. We'll see. Nothing's set in stone and I'm just waiting to see what happens, letting the management and letting the promotions do their job now."

Fair enough.

He did play coy, however, when asked if he had a meeting during his time in Las Vegas, where was with his Blackzilian teammates at WSOF 1: "Arlovski vs. Cole" at Planet Hollywood.

But what's more appealing? UFC or Bellator? He says he just wants to test himself against anyone ahead of him on the rankings board:

"I want to test myself against anyone, you know, anyone who's ahead of me. I don't know what I'm ranked in the rankings now but I know there are guys ahead of me and whoever I can fight that's ahead of me to up my stock and to prove my ability, there the guys I'm looking to get after."

Where do you think he ends up Maniacs?

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