Las Vegas, NE, United States (4E Sports) – Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has been granted an unconditional release and is now getting ready to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 178.
Scott Coker, Belator MMA president, confirmed with ESPN that they granted Alvarez’s release.
“We granted Eddie his unconditional release this morning. Eddie is free to explore the free-agent market. We wish him the best in the future,” Coker stated.
Coker said he had a meeting with Alvarez and his manager, Glenn Robinson.
The former Strikeforce CEO shared that Alvarez did not consider Bellator his “long-term home.”
“After sitting down with him and getting to know him, it was just a very hurtful situation for him. I think the damage was already done. It became clear there was a wall there, and it was not directed at me.”
Alvarez has been competing in Bellator since 2009 and have recently won the lightweight title November.
“This was a long process but it’s a decision that everyone seems happy with,” Alvarez told ESPN.
The 30-year-old fighter said he had good fights for the organization and will miss the staff that treated him well.
“Myself and my team had some really good discussions with Scott, but in my heart I knew I was ready to move on and start the next chapter of my career,” he added.
After clearing issues with Bellator MMA, Alvarez is back to training and is “1,000 percent.”
He will be facing Cerrone (24-6, 1 NC) in the co-main event of UFC 178, replacing Bobby Green who was originally set to face the UFC lightweight.
This will be Alvarez’s promotional debut with the largest MMA organization in the world.