Just a day after new Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said that the promotion was still negotiating with its lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez has not only been released but also has signed with UFC.
Alvarez (25-3 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) was released by the promotion on Tuesday morning, Coker broke to ESPN.com and moments ago, Dana White announced that the former Bellator lightweight champion has signed with the organization and will replace Bobby Green as Donald Cerrone’s opponent in the co-main event at UFC 178.
Cerrone’s original opponent for that date, Bobby Green, will face an opponent to be determined on a later card.
A former high school wrestling standout, Alvarez transitioned to MMA after high school, making his professional debut in December of 2003. After making a name for himself on the tough east coast circuit that produced the likes of Chris Weidman and Frankie Edgar, Alvarez started fighting on the road, competing for various organizations in locales such as Canada, Russia, Costa Rica, and Japan.
In 2009, Alvarez debuted in the Bellator promotion, where he compiled a 9-1 record that saw him win the organization’s lightweight title and beat Toby Imada, Josh Neer, Roger Huerta, Pat Curran, and Patricky Freire.
It is unclear how Bellator plans to crown a new lightweight champion.
Tags: Mixed Martial Arts