Eddie Alvarez’s Rep Claims that Bellator Lightweight Champ Is ‘Happy’ with Bjorn Rebney’s Removal
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.18.2014
“Eddie is happy about the shakeup.”
Speaking to MMAjunkie, Glenn Robinson, representative of Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, talked about Bellator MMA's move to replace Bjorn Rebney with Scott Coker. The move took place earlier today. Below are some highlights on how this could affect Alvarez's potential future with the company.
In the past, Alvarez butted heads with Alvarez and the promotion when Alvarez became a free agent and was offered a deal to sign with the UFC. Alvarez and Bellator MMA went to court over Bellator's matching offer to Alvarez. Eventually the two sides came to a deal after the legal wrangling forced Alvarez to remain on the shelf from fighting for over a year.
Robinson on Coker's hiring and how Alvarez wanted to leave Bellator: "Before (Coker's hiring), Eddie definitely wanted to leave. I don't think that was a secret. After this, we'd have to sit down with him first."
Robinson on what happened before Rebney left: "What I can tell you is they told us they wanted him to still fight (Michael) Chandler, and they told us it would be sometime in October. Eddie wanted to fight Will Brooks – they said no. Then everything went radio silent, and then the shakeup."
Robinson on Alvarez being "happy" about the change in management: "Eddie is happy about the shakeup. He wasn't happy with the way things were being run. I don't think that's any secret, so Eddie was very happy to hear there's been a change in management. Eddie respects Viacom very much, and he's always told me that."
Robinson on Bellator's title shot system: "They had this entire system based on (the idea) that you earn your title shots. And then they made two changes, which we call the ‘Alvarez change 1′ and the ‘Alvarez change 2.' When they were trying to get Eddie the first time, they changed their rules to allow (title) rematches. And then when they have no reason for him to be fighting Michael Chandler now, they changed their rules to say they're allowed to give any past tournament champion a rematch at any time. I don't totally understand how that makes sense with the premise of Bellator, where titles are earned, not given. We weren't very happy about that change."
Robinson on what could be next for Alvarez with regards to Bellator: "Everything we requested (from the former management team) down to the littlest thing was always a debate. So we think this is the best for Bellator, and as far as whether he would stay with Bellator long-term or not, until we sit down with Scott, it's really hard to say."