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HOUSTON – ’Korean Zombie’ talks to the media about his knockout win over Dennis Bermudez at UFC Fight Night 104, his career, his return to the octagon, and much more.
Alex Oliveira completes 11 months as a UFC fighter on Feb. 21, and he will celebrate it inside the Octagon.
Going for his fifth win in six bouts, the Brazilian “Cowboy” steps in on less than a month’s notice against Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 83, and gets this opportunity thanks to his manager Alex Davis.
“I have to thank my manager Alex Davis for this fight with Cerrone. He always knew I wanted to fight Cerrone, and asked for it when he heard Tim Means was out. It’s my time now,” Oliveira told MMAFighting.com. “I also have to thank my team TFT, Tata, Philip and Andre Tadeu for getting me ready for this fight.”
Oliveira, who like the other “Cowboy” is always down to fight any time, fought three of his four UFC bouts on short notice. Originally a lightweight, he’s fighting at 170 pounds for the third time in the UFC, and expects a stand-up war in Pittsburgh.
“He’s the type of fighter that puts on beautiful fights, stand-up wars, and that’s what fans want to see,” Oliveira said. “It’s going to be a battle, fireworks. I expect five rounds of stand-up battle, a war in the middle of the Octagon. But if the hand lands in the first round, we might see a finish, and I like it. But I see this going five rounds of war.”
With a 2-0 UFC record as a welterweight and a 1-1 record as a lightweight, Oliveira might stick at 170 pounds after UFC Fight Night 83.
“Now that they took our IV away, I have to talk to my doctors and Alex Davis to see what we’ll do,” said Oliveira, who didn’t use IVs to rehydrate for his 155-pound bout with Piotr Hallmann in November.
For that bout, Oliveira says he cut down from 202 to 155 pounds, moving back up to 183 on fight night.
“I’ll see how I feel after this fight,” he said.
Oliveira stopped bull riding after he started fighting professionally, but jokes that his fight with Cerrone could determine who the real “cowboy” in the UFC is.
“That’s true, man. We’ll see who’s the cowboy,” Oliveira laughed. “He got there first and I don’t want to take his spot, but two cowboys will clash now.”
“But put two bulls here and we’ll see what happens,” he laughs. “I loved [bull riding], but can’t do it anymore because of the injuries. I can’t stay out that long. But I miss it.”
Former UFC middleweight and current ESPN MMA analyst Chael Sonnen breaks down the much-anticipated UFC 182 main event title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
It’s late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve when I get a hold of Chael Sonnen. The West Linn, Oregon resident is a day away from making his now regular trip to Bristol, Connecticut, to ESPN headquarters for his upcoming analyst duties for this weekend’s UFC 182 fight card (see it here), but I caught him at a good time.
“I leave tomorrow and it’s a whole weekend deal,” he says. “It”s a full 11-hour travel day, layovers, changing planes and then get in a car and drive for 90 minutes. We start working right when we get off the plane. Two days there and Sunday and then travel all the way back home.”
His wife usually travels with him, but she is expecting and sometimes plane travel isn’t a positive, so she won’t be making the trip with him. And this interview is actually talking time away from their evening together before he heads East, but Sonnen is a man of his word and if he says he has time for you, he does.
Over the next 20 minutes, we dove into a myriad of topics concerning the match up between Jon Jones and Cormier. And Sonnen broke down techniques, wrestling, strength, as well as intangibles. The former UFC middleweight title contender has been in the Octagon with Jones and sparred with Cormier, thus adding a great first-hand perspective on the UFC 182 light heavyweight title fight.
If he were a betting man:
“Okay. If you are a betting man you are going to have a system. You are going to walk up to a window, you are handicapping in Las Vegas, you have your little system. And and on my system/little check list, when I go down that list, I check every box for Jon Jones: youth, speed, length, and experience. And Daniel will argue that experience, but what I’m talking about is five-round, main event, world-title-fight experience. Daniel has never done that. Jones has done it six times or seven getting ready for seven or eight. He’s been there and he’s tested it out. Jon Jones has far more ways to win. And the biggest problem you run into when you fighting Jones and you can study all the tape you want and every single fight — it never fails — every fight Jon Jones comes out with a move that we’ve never seen. And that move changes the fight.
“Think about the night he fought ‘Rampage’ Jackson and he debuted the oblique kick, where he started kicking him right above the knee, barely legal, and he starts hyperextending Quinton’s knee. This is on a Saturday and come Monday afternoon, all over the country, we are all throwing oblique kicks because we’ve never seen them before. So, we never know what he is going to do and that is the problem.”
“I think if you are a betting man it is very hard to go against Jon Jones. It is hard to close your eyes and see how he loses the belt.”
How Cormier can win:
“Now if you are Daniel Cormier, the ultimate competitor, the ultimate winner. This guy has never even been tested. Now he was fighting at heavyweight and in this sport, heavyweight gets all the praise because they are big guys. But the reality is that’s the worst division we got. If you are talking skill for skill, move for move, that’s the money division and there are some big rugged guys, but move for move and skill for skill, the bigger you get, the worse the product.
“So, the point I’m getting at is Daniel did have some incredible fights, but he did it at heavyweight. A lot of people are going to argue how that adds to it. Now he gets to fight a guy smaller than him. The smaller guy always has the advantage in the fight. You are never to find me a fight where the big guy has the advantage. He is going to be a little bit slower, a little bit less athletic, he gets tired a little bit quicker. It’s always the guy one weight class under you that is going to give you your biggest problem. So let’s throw that out.
“So now, how does Cormier win? And he can win. But he has to pressure him. He has to close that distance. He can’t circle with him. The length alone takes that ability away. Plus we saw Vitor do that, it doesn’t work. No matter how good of a striker you are, if you’re not in range to strike it doesn’t count. Cormier understands this concept. And Cormier will close the distance and start to fight from there and he will throw hard punches, very hard. He will get to that clinch position and push him into the fence. Can he keep him there? That is the question. Cormier believes he can keep him there. He’s prepared to hear the crowd boo. He’s prepared to ignore those boos and just win the round the same way he won against Frank Mir. That is straight from Daniel’s mouth and I believe him. That makes sense and I believe him.
“He also argues that he can take Jon Jones down whenever he wants. He’s wrong about that. Jon Jones is very hard to take down. I do think if Daniel gets him there he can keep him there, but in boring fashion. Daniel is not known for his ground and pound. He’s known for getting you to the ground, but he’s not great at posturing up and dropping bombs from there. He has done his best work on his feet. So, even if Daniel gets him to his premier position, I’m not sure he can inflict enough damage to end the fight and I’m not certain he can do enough to even win the round should Jon scramble back to his feet.”
“I think they are pretty close and I think people are missing the boat on that. If you are going to throw them in a weight room Daniel is going to make him look like a kid, but Jon Jones with that height, has incredible leverage. I was always a very strong guy compared to other athletes and I took that real serious from the time I was about 12 years old. I really enjoyed lifting weights and trying to get stronger and I did. And when I got in there with Jones — forget what the scale says that we both weigh the same thing — he was huge. I mean he was the biggest man I ever fought. I may have outweighed him on fight night I have no idea. But his height and his leverage, I couldn’t even deal with it. He pushed me into the fence like I was a kid. And I couldn’t figure out how to circle off and then the next thing he is coming with that spinning elbow. He is just a lot to deal with and with that leverage his strength is incredible.”
Will Jones try to play Cormier’s game and attempt to take him down? Wrestling and MMA wrestling:
“Yeah and he might succeed. The wrestling that Jon Jones does in MMA is not wrestling. He will pick one leg up and step behind and trip a guy. I coach kids wrestling. If one of my kids did that I would stop and tell them they have to do 25 push ups to get that habit out of their heads. And what he does is very sloppy, but he can get it to work. The posture is totally different. He is in that upright MMA position as opposed to the bent over at the weight wrestling position. The stuff that you can’t do with that posture, you can do in MMA and he does it better than everybody.
“His wrestling is like what you would see at one of my family gatherings when my cousins get together and we go in the backyard. It’s just this roughhouse style of wrestling. He has that head to the outside single leg. Only two guys in MMA are having success with that technique and it’s not made for MMA, but he and Chris Weidman — the two best guys in MMA — are having success on a single leg and frankly so is Cain (Velasquez). But it is very rare that we see a single leg in MMA. If you are going to shoot it’s always have two legs. Have two legs or have some upper body. Don’t hang out on a leg.
“Daniel Cormier is a better wrestler than I am. If we wrestle 10 times, he wins all 10, but they’re close matches. I give him problems. He is going to beat me by two. He is going to beat me by six. He is going to beat me by five. But he is not blowing me away. And Jon Jones blew me away. I wasn’t even close. It was like ‘how fast can the referee get in here and stop this one because I’ve already figured out how this ends.’ That is not a good feeling, but it is a good job of being objective about yourself in a bad situation. Daniel is the better wrestler, but Jon has never had a problem with any wrestler.
“Jon can get his power bar — think of it like a video game — he can get his power bar down a lot and he still out wrestles Cormier. It comes down a little more and maybe ‘DC’ drags him down. This isn’t like when I was fighting Anderson Silva and one guy is a great wrestler and one guy sucks at it. Jon sucks compared to Daniel Cormier, but he doesn’t suck enough to not know how to wrestle and he does know how to wrestle.”
Intangibles, training partners and preparation, and Gatsalov:
“If you want to look at other factors, they do favor Daniel. Who works harder? Daniel Cormier. Who takes better care of their body and doesn’t go out partying, smoking, drinking and doing God knows what? Daniel Cormier. He is at home with a wife and a kid. He is in the gym many more hours. He has the better training partners. He has the heavyweight champion of the world. He has the number-one contender of the lightweight division and he himself, is the number-one contender of the light heavyweight division. It doesn’t get any better.
“He brought in this wrestler named Gatsalov, who is arguably the greatest wrestler to ever live; a five-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist, who won world championships in two different weight classes (Khajumurad Gatsalov defeated Cormier in semifinals of 2014 Olympics). It is a totally different level of wrestling. You start talking Olympics and you are on a whole other level of State or National or Junior college or MMA. It’s the cream of the crop. As great as Daniel is, he is not as great as Yoel Romero and Romero has struggled to get people to the mat. MMA has just evolved to a point where wrestling is not enough. And that pains me to say that because I’m a wrestler and it used to be, but it’s just not anymore.”
Cormier’s only shot at a title/Desire to win the title vs. desire to keep it:
“The one thing no one is discussing, is this is Daniel Cormier’s only shot. If Daniel Cormier doesn’t get the job done, he never fights for the strap again. He is 36 years old and as a company we can’t get behind a 36-year-old granddaddy. We just can’t. We need Anthony Pettis. We need Jon Jones. We need guys that we can get shelf life out of for another 10 years. That is how we really build an empire, on star power. You just don’t run Daniel Cormier back out there. This is his one shot.
“Desire trumps everything in sports. Everything takes a back seat to desire. I think Daniel Cormier has the desire. I know Jon says he has it, but in theory Jon has already climbed that mountain six times. Been there, done that, made the money, had the glory. You can say you are hungry to do it again, but the truth is you are just not. You are not as hungry as the first time you did it. I think that could tip in Daniel’s favor. I don’t know if the gap between who wants it more is significant enough to actually affect the outcome.”
Someone is getting their ass kicked:
“I will tell you this though and I know I’m jumping on both sides, this is a fight I just don’t know. I fought Jon Jones and I sparred Daniel Cormier and I can tell you Jon Jones is a hell of a lot better. Their skill sets aren’t even close, but the few things that Daniel does, no one can stop.”
“But I would like to make this final point, because I don’t think anyone else will. This is not going to be a close fight. This is either going to be takeboxing, as I like to call it, instead of Jon Jones kickboxing. I like to call it takeboxing when he does it because he just takes you away. He will kick you in your gut. He will kick you in your thigh. He will leg chop you. He will be over here and drop down and punch your body like he did with ‘Shogun.’ He will just kickbox you to death until there is nothing left and you fall down.
“If that doesn’t happen, Cormier is going to run through him like a bull. He is going to charge him, push him into the fence like he says. Stomp his feet, knee his body, punch his head, pull him off that fence, pick him up and slam him on his head and start punching him in the head, wear him out and making him looking really bad.
“At the end of the night, the shock is going to be how easy the winner wins the fight. One of these guys is going to impose… Forget the fact that Jon has good wrestling, the same as you can forget that Cormier has good striking. It’s not dominant. Cormier is either going to succeed at grinding him, closing that distance and fighting him from that close clinch space, either on their feet or on the ground, or he’s not.
“If he succeeds in that he is going to kick Jones’ ass. If he doesn’t succeed in getting into the close quarters, he is getting his ass kicked. It’s not going to be competitive. One guy is going to run away with this thing. I do believe it goes all five rounds. I don’t see any quit out of either one of those guys. I definitely don’t see knockout power or a submission hold, but I think someone is getting their ass kicked for five-straight rounds. I think it’s lopsided.”
Who takes it?
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Despite ‘five-round ass whooping’ from TJ Dillashaw, Renan Barao will ‘probably’ get immediate rematch
Somewhere in Brazil, Raphael Assuncao weeps.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight kingpin TJ Dillashaw may already have his first title defense lined up following a “five-round ass whooping” against Renan Barao at the UFC 173 pay-per-view (PPV) event last month in Las Vegas, Nevada (highlights).
And it’s none other than … Renan Barao.
The Brazilian will “probably” get an immediate rematch against “The Viper,” simply because he was so dominant, for so long. That’s according to comments made by UFC President Dana White at the UFC 174 media scrum in Vancouver (via MMA Junkie):
“[Dillashaw's next fight] probably will be the Barao rematch. Tell me if I’m wrong. I think we sat there and we started looking through the list of guys to fight T.J., and there is a list of guys, which is a great thing, but how do you not give it to Barao, the guy who was undefeated all those years? I agree he got a five-round ass whooping and got finished, but how does it make sense to not give him the rematch? And who doesn’t want to see it? When you watch that fight last time, people were losing their minds because nobody saw that coming. They go in there and put on an unbelievable war. Is that not what you want to see again?”
That depends on who you ask.
Raphael Assuncao sits at number three in the “official” UFC rankings (see them here) and is currently riding a six-fight winning streak. But more importantly, he already holds a win over Dillashaw, and would undoubtedly love to replicate that performance to capture the crown.
Maybe next time.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Shooto has a new welterweight world champion as Hernani Perpetuo defeated Tommy Depret in a 5-round war in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Perpetuo and Depret headlined Shooto 42, which took place inside of BOPE’s quarters on Sunday, in front of a crowd full of officers from Rio de Janeiro’s military special force.
With former Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro in his corner, Perpetuo (17-3, 1 no-contest) connected the better kicks and punches in the first three rounds, but Depret (10-5) got the best of the striking in the last couple rounds while the Brazilian started to fade.
Depret even rocked Perpetuo once, but he didn’t get close to finish the fight. Perpetuo left the ring with several cuts and bruises on his face, but with the title on his shoulder after winning via unanimous decision after 25 minutes of pure kickboxing action.
In the co-main event, Roberto Amorim rocked Daniel de Franca early, knocking him down with only 15 seconds into the fight. The referee Eduardo Herdy decided it was enough and stopped the bout, but de Franca was right back up to protest the early stoppage.
Some police officers also fought inside the Shooto ring, but the night wasn’t that good for the military police.
Eduardo Betini, an agent from the military police, was controlling the fights with kicks, but Evelasio Puma countered with a left hook and knocked him out cold with less than a minute in the bout.
BOPE sergeant Felix Mau Mau was the next one in action, and he got dominated by Danilo Guerreiro in the first two rounds. Mau Mau took Guerreiro down and worked on the ground and pound on the final round, and the other police officers on the attendance started with the death chants. He couldn’t finish Guerreiro, but was happy enough to leave the ring with a split draw he didn’t deserve.
Juan Blindado, a soldier from Choque (BOPE’s unit focused on the control of civil disturbances), also left the ring without the win — but he also didn’t lose. After being dominated during the first five minutes against the Cuba native Guillermo Martinez, Blindado wasn’t able to return after getting poked in the eye on the second round, and the bout was declared a no-contest.
The only police officers to win were Everton Gigante and Cristiano Gonçalves. Gigante needed only 2:07 to tap Walter Mazurkievicz with a nasty knee bar. With UFC champion Jose Aldo on his corner, Gonçalves had to work more, defeating Bruno Batista via unanimous decision.
Hernani Perpétuo def. Tommy Depret via unanimous decision
Walmir Lazaro def. Chris Wilson via second-round TKO
Roberto Amorim def. Daniel de Franca via first-round TKO
Everton Gigante def. Walter Mazurkievicz via first-round submission (knee bar)
Christiano Gonçalves def. Bruno Batista via unanimous decision
Juan Blindado vs. Guillermo Martinez – No Contest
Danilo Guerreiro vs. Félix Mau Mau – split draw
Evelasio Puma def. Eduardo Betini via first-round KO
Nikolas Motta def. Pety Maffort via unanimous decision
Renilson Carvalho def. Wanderson Cabeça via first-round KO
Alexandre Pescoço def. Daniel Abelha via first-round submission (arm-triangle choke)
Morning Report: Frankie Edgar to continue at featherweight, wants five-round headliner against Cub Swanson
It didn’t take long for Frankie Edgar to make up his mind. Following his third straight title loss, the former UFC lightweight champion elected to continue his pursuit of Jose Aldo’s featherweight strap.
Edgar is eyeing a five-round headlining fight against top contender Cub Swanson on an FX or FUEL TV card, our own Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight. If that’s unavailable, Edgar also suggested a fight against either Swanson or Dennis Siver at UFC 160 — a fight card which happened to receive a few attractive additions late last night.
Swanson currently rides a four-fight win streak; three straight knockouts of George Roop, Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira, punctuated by electric victory over Dustin Poirier. Likewise Siver has racked up a perfect 2-0 record since dropping down from 155 pounds, earning decision victories over Diego Nunes and Nam Phan.
Regardless of the route the UFC chooses, the bout will mark Edgar’s first non-title fight since 2009, a span that includes seven title challenges or defenses. A remarkable feat, no doubt.
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Edgar wants Swanson, Siver. Former UFC champion Frankie Edgar will continue his pursuit of the featherweight belt, according to a report from UFC Tonight. Edgar hopes to return to action against Cub Swanson or Denis Siver.
Cerrone uninjured after fall. UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone is fortunately uninjured after claiming to fall 40 feet while rock climbing. “The wild man IS THROUGH,” tweeted Cerrone, who is now fighting K.J. Noons at UFC 160.
Marquardt steps in. Former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt signed on as a late replacement to fight Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158. Ellenberger’s initial opponent, Johny Hendricks, withdrew on Monday to fight Carlos Condit after Rory MacDonald suffered an undisclosed neck injury.
TUF 17 results. Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum, the youngest competitor in TUF history, upset Team Jones’ Bubba McDaniel via second-round rear-naked choke on last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17.
Mayweather inks monster deal. Boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather, a longtime staple on HBO, inked a monstrous new contract with Showtime Networks Inc. and its parent company, CBS Corporation. The deal will see Mayweather “fight up to six times over a period of 30 months” — beginning with a bout against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero — and is estimated to potentially become “the richest individual athlete deal in all of sports.” So perhaps Showtime won’t be missing Strikeforce too much.
Invicta FC drug testing. Invicta Fighting Championships plans to implement random drug testing in advance of Invicta FC 5, which takes place April 5, 2013 and notably features the debut of Cris “Cyborg.” Fighters were notified in January of the new policy, which will be administered by an independent agency at all Invicta FC events moving forward.
I normally try to avoid posting generic pre-fight interviews, but I must say, this one is fantastic.
Tank Abbott is a national treasure.
Two takeaways: 1.) Chael Sonnen apparently broke that man’s ribs. 2.) 21-year-old Jake Ellenberger!
Frank Mir seems a tad uninterested in this.
I think my head might have exploded if I had these as a kid.
(HT: Bloody Elbow)
FlyWin Evolutions returns to demonstrate why exactly they call this man “Showtime.”
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) February 20, 2013
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) February 20, 2013
Been out for 2 weeks w/ bronchitis. Gonna feels good to open the lungs up. Maybe. Probably not. I’ll be the guy wheezing in the corner
WHAT A 6-2 RUN GETS YOU
Was just cut from the UFC today.I want to thank the fans, and say i gave it my all.No regrets.
— Jacob Volkmann (@JacobVolkmann) February 20, 2013
@jacobvolkmann sorry to here that. U introduced me to my manager & helped me get in the UFC.I owe U. You’re still 1 of my favorite fighters!
— Pablo Garza UFC (@PabloGarzaMMA) February 20, 2013
I knew you’d find a way out @johnyhendricks
— Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) February 19, 2013
BLASTOISE IS THE ONLY CORRECT ANSWER
Where your favorite #Pokémon? I think mine is Squirtle but then theres always Psyduck……
— Cesar Gracie (@CesarGracieBJJ) February 20, 2013
Announced yesterday (Tuesday, February 19, 2013):
- UFC 158: Jake Ellenberger (28-6) vs. Nate Marquardt (32-11-2)
- UFC 158:T.J. Dillashaw (6-1) vs. Issei Tamura (7-3)
- UFC 160: Ryan Bader (15-3) vs. Glover Teixeira (20-2)
- UFC 160: Donald Cerrone (19-5) vs. K.J. Noons (11-6)
- Bellator 92: Sultan Aliev (9-0) vs. Doug Marshall (16-6)
- Bellator 92: Brett Cooper (18-7) vs. Dan Cramer (10-3)
- Bellator 92: Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (15-2) vs. Mike Richman (14-2)
- Bellator 92: Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev (19-5) vs. Marlon Sandro (24-4)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today’s Fanpost of the Days comes from Omar Little, who writes: Eddie Alvarez v. Bellator Fighting Championships: A Legal Primer
First off, a little bit about me. I am a third year law student at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. I’ve taken several courses on intellectual property law, entertainment law, licensing, and contracts. There really isn’t a big “business of MMA” market out there and most of the articles about this subject don’t really discuss the issues in a proper legal context. I’m as qualified as anyone so I’ll throw my hat in the conversation.
First off the issue is that Bellator has a “right of first refusal” for Eddie Alvarez for a period of time. Eddie signed a contract for a period of time, and at the end of this period Bellator has a right of first refusal for his next contract. This is what’s the “match” of the issue. We all know what happens after this, the UFC gave Eddie a very handsome offer and Bellator claims that they have matched. There are things that the UFC has offered that Eddie and his legal team feel Bellator cannot, or will not, offer. Whereas Bellator feels that they just need to offer only what’s guaranteed.
This is where the rubber meets the road. The issue now is what constitutes a “match” in this sense. Eddie’s team has a strong argument. UFC offers him just as much guaranteed money Bellator does, but they offer him a much larger platform to build his star power. They’re a business that makes a significant chunk of money from PPV, and they’re offering Eddie a share of that revenue stream. They’re also offering Eddie Alvarez an appearance on network TV and an opportunity to make money talking MMA on Fox and I’m sure a TUF appearance may not be out of the question.
Bellator is offering the same things, at least that’s what they claim. However, Bellator to date has NOT put on a PPV broadcast. Furthermore, they don’t have a network TV broadcast partner. There were some other things that Rebney brought up that were offered to Eddie that weren’t in the UFC offer. Now, Bellator is saying that they are planning to do a PPV and that they’ve lined up broadcast partners to match the broadcast TV offer.
So now we have to consider what is a “match.” Typically the meaning of this is dictated by the terms of the contract, given that there’s a lot of conflict over this and there was actually a hearing regarding an injunction I’m fairly certain that this wasn’t defined in the contract. For larger entertainers you can better believe that what constitutes a match is included.
From the start there’s some pretty big differences in opportunity between what the UFC offers and what Bellator is offering. Now, it seems like Bellator is going out of their way to guarantee what the UFC is guaranteeing. Technically they may offer the same floor that UFC offers, though we’ll get to that in a second, but explicitly the UFC contract has the ability to pay Eddie Alvarez more than the Bellator contract. There’s really no way that it does not pay him more. The fact that Bellator is bending over backwards to give the appearance that these offers are a match and Bjorn Rebney has said “we’ve done what we’re legally required to,” pretty much says all that needs to be said. The UFC offer has a much higher potential payout than the Bellator deal.
Much more after the jump…
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