Eddie Alvarez went into his final fight on his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) deal against Dustin Poirier at UFC on FOX 30 without singing an extension, meaning “The Underground King” was betting on himself to win in order to score some leverage.
It didn’t quite work out for Eddie, as he suffered a knockout loss to “The Diamond,” meaning negotiations would be tough with any promotion, UFC included. One of Alvarez’s options is to return to his old stomping grounds at Bellator MMA seeing as how his arch-nemesis Bjorn Rebney is no longer running the show.
According to the new boss, Scott Coker, the chances of Alvarez returning don’t look too good.
“It doesn’t seem likely at this point,” said Scott during an interview with MMA Fighting, though did say talks between the two did take place.
“I think that they had a conversation with Eddie and I’m not sure where it’s at,” Coker said. “But I don’t think it took a second, it wasn’t like it was something that was picking up any steam so I’m not sure.”
Alvarez was the face of the promotion for quite some time, winning the Lightweight title and defending it a couple of times before bolting to UFC. But he did enjoy some success with the promotion — winning the 155-pound strap in 2016 before losing it to Conor McGregor in his first title defense.
All told, Eddie scored 4-3-1 with UFC, but it seems his days are numbered inside the Octagon. That’s because the rumor mill has him close to signing a deal with ONE Championship (UFC) that would see him take his talent overseas.
Assuming UFC doesn’t match the offer.