Alvarez vs. Bellator could stretch into 2014
With no end in the foreseeable future, its appears Eddie Alvarez will continue to be on the shelf.
Steve Marrocco at MMA Junkie is reporting that Alvarez won’t be fighting any time soon if his case with Bellator heads to trial.
On Monday, documents filed in U.S. district court state that the two aren’t required to meet in court until after Sept. 15, 2014, when a pre-trial conference may take place.
Unless a settlement is agreed upon, that means it could be near the end of 2014 before a jury gets involved.
In early 2013, Alvarez (24-3), the former lightweight champion, and Viacom-owned Bellator each filed lawsuits primarily over a matching clause in the fighter’s contract. Alvarez seeks to free himself from the promotion to sign a deal with the UFC.
Attorneys for Alvarez and Bellator outlined a plan for moving forward with the case, which calls for the discovery portion to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014 and depositions, or out-of-court testimony, by July 28.