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Free agent Eddie Alvarez wants to shop around and UFC president Dana White is ‘cool with that’

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It might seem like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, is rather blasé about the future of former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who may or may not return to the Octagon after finishing up the final fight of his current contract.

On the contrary.

White is fond of “The Underground King” on both a personal and professional level and wants to see the aging striker get the most lucrative deal possible, even it it means letting him go to compete for another promotion.

“I like Eddie Alvarez,” White told “UFC Unfiltered” podcast (transcribed by MMA Junkie). “I like him personally, and I like him professionally. He’s at an age now where he needs to make some decisions for his family and for what will probably be the last contract he signs for the rest of his career. I’m in a place if Eddie wants to go somewhere else and try it, I’m cool with that. If Eddie wants to stay, I’d keep him here too.”

Working against Alvarez is the fact that he’s coming off a decisive loss to Dustin Poirier in the UFC on FOX 30 main event last month in Calgary, leaving him just 1-2 (1 NC) since capturing the crown back in summer 2016.

Whether or not that hurts him at the bargaining table remains to be seen.

Alvarez would undoubtedly be welcomed back to Bellator MMA — where he held the lightweight strap and registered a couple of insane wars with Michael Chandler — if Scott Coker and Co. can agree to the right numbers.

That said, you can expect fight fans to follow Alvarez regardless of where he ends up.