Former Bellator lightweight champions Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez will have to leave their rivalry tied up for the moment.
Alvarez was allowed out of his Bellator contract Tuesday and signed a deal with the UFC shortly after. He’ll make his debut next month against Donald Cerrone.
Chandler, meanwhile, remains in the promotion and in pursuit of the title he once held. After losing the belt to Alvarez last year, the two were scheduled for a rematch.
However, Alvarez suffered an injury and Will Brooks fought Chandler instead for the interim title. Brooks scored a decision victory that night to claim the belt.
With Alvarez heading off to the Octagon, Chandler sent him a message on Twitter, to which his biggest rival responded:
@MikeChandlerMMA I feel the same brother , brought the best outta each other , ill save the date 4 the future Go get that belt back ! Ousss
— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) August 20, 2014
Bellator MMA announced on Tuesday that they have provided lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez his unconditional release from the promotion.
“We’ve granted Eddie his unconditional release. Eddie is free to explore the free agent market, we hold no matching rights, and we wish him the best in the future,” Bellator president Scott Coker said. “We sat down with Eddie and his team a few times, and it became pretty clear early on that he just wasn’t interested in fighting for Bellator in the future. We want guys in this organization that want to be here, and after the history Eddie and the former regime had here at Bellator, we decided to move on.
“We wish Eddie the absolute best of luck with whatever is next for him. It’s a new chapter for everyone involved.”
Alvarez and involved in a lengthy legal feud with Bellator over his contract prior to agreeing to a new deal. A planned pay-per-view main event title fight with Michael Chandler was nixed when Alvarez suffered an injury.
Before agreeing to return to Bellator, Alvarez had inked a contract with the UFC. Recent rumors indicated Alvarez as an opponent for Donald Cerrone, but the UFC has since signed Bobby Green to meet Cerrone.
“This was a long process but it’s a decision that everyone seems happy with. I think it’s important to say that I am genuinely thankful for my time at Bellator,” Alvarez said. “I know that sounds a little crazy given everything I went through, but I’ve fought there since 2009, and have been involved in some really amazing fights. The staff there always treated me great, and I’m going to miss seeing a lot of those familiar faces around for sure. 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 in my career.”
Alvarez won the belt back when he defeated Michael Chandler last year. He is 25-3 in his MMA career, including 9-1 with Bellator. The lone loss came to Chandler.
Will Brooks won the interim title earlier this year when he bested Chandler after the Alvarez injury.
UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has talked extensively about her love of pro wrestling. So, with the WWE in her backyard Sunday, Rousey and her friends attended the event.
Rousey, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler, who refer to themselves as the “Four Horsewomen,” posed with WWE superstar Nattie and even helped out Stephanie McMahon in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
— WWE (@WWE) August 17, 2014
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) August 18, 2014
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Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar tried his hardest to get involved in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to help raise awareness for ALS.
While Edgar’s heart was in the right place, his selection of those who would dump the cold water over his head was not. “The Answer” enlisted the help of his children, and, we will just let the video tell the rest:
UFC president Dana White was out of sight when Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier had their infamous scuffle following Ultimate Media Day earlier this month.
Now, even with the bout rescheduled until 2015 due to surgery for the UFC light heavyweight champion, White is still answering questions about the ordeal.
Jones and Cormier will now meet in January at UFC 182, and several media events will likely be scheduled to promote the fight before that. So, how will the UFC avoid another incident?
“You want my personal opinion? Our bad. It’s our bad,” said White this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 47 (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “These guys are fighters. They’re two of the baddest dudes on the planet. They’re going to face-to-face stare off.
“We have to make sure that doesn’t happen and shouldn’t happen, but it did.”
White doesn’t see a reason to get rid of the typical face-offs that come with press events and weigh-ins, as he says they are one of his “favorite things” about the sport.
“Two of my favorite things in the sport (are) the weigh-ins and the fight,” he said. “At the weigh-ins, guys have been away from their families for eight weeks or longer. They’re cutting weight, fight’s the next day.
“They’re nasty, they’re mean, they’re irritable and it’s explosive and anything can happen. Then the day of the fight is the reason we all watch.”
During an interview with Jones and Cormier on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” a live microphone and camera caught the two in a heated verbal battle. However, White said that is also typical – in fact, there is even more footage that did not get released.
“Every time you do those transmissions, those transmissions out there, they go to tons of media and they’re jumping from station to station,” he explained. “Somebody was on there actually filming when they were talking. You think that’s bad? You should see the other stuff we have that they were saying to each other that people didn’t get. It was pretty nasty.”