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Eddie Alvarez preliminary injunction denied, will not fight at UFC 159 | UFC News

After a long day of fighting in the courtroom, former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (24-3 MMA, 8-1 BFC) was denied a motion to release the fighter from his Bellator contract in order to sign with the UFC.

Alvarez’s lawyers argued there is key difference between Bellator’s promise to put Alvarez on Spike as opposed to Zuffa’s to put him on FOX, and that the two were not equal. Unfortunately, the injunction filed by the 29-year-old and his legal team to fight at UFC 159 in April was denied by the U.S. District Court, and thus the battle continues.

Here is the official ruling:

 “Having thoroughly reviewed the parties’ written submissions, and the  arguments presented on the record, the Court concludes that Alvarez has  failed to satisfy his burden of showing (1) a reasonable probability of  success on the merits and (2) irreparable harm.”

The Bellator representatives argued that both Spike TV and FOX are “mega-entities” and are equal in value, while also stating that the organization had plans to feature Eddie Alvarez in a March 30 PPV-event rematch against current lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

Here is how the judge saw it:

“The Court recognizes that the differences between Fox Network Television and Spike TV may be such that the Court (or a jury) would ultimately find that Alvarez should prevail on his counterclaim because of Bellator’s failure to match Zuffa’s contract. At this juncture, however, the Court cannot make such a finding based on the record before it. Accordingly, the Court must conclude that Alvarez has not shown a reasonable probability of success on the merits even though it is not foreclosing the possibility that he may ultimately prevail on the merits of his counterclaim.”

Following Friday’s hearing, litigation between the two parties will continue; however, the next court date has not been determined at this time.

Stay tuned to bjpenn.com for further updates as the Eddie Alvarez free agency saga continues.

 

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4 Comments to Eddie Alvarez preliminary injunction denied, will not fight at UFC 159 | UFC News

  1. The natural says:

    What about ppv % UFC said they would give him?Bellator can’t match that Bjorne rebney shld have read contract before changing the header to bellator there’s things like that in there that bellator can’t doo. Not goin into more detail but there’s thing the UFC can do that was stated in contract that bellator can’t hold up too. So unless bellator sends a new contract overit just goin to take more time but Eddie will b in UFC at some point just ashame bellator is doin this to him.

  2. GRT 3000 says:

    yup, if he stays in Bellator he’ll have a padded ass record fighting bums and never really know where he stacked up among the best.

  3. Zack says:

    This is sad. Dana will do anything to make a dollar and take another step towards his monopoly. Alvarez just got beat. He is not a top 5 fighter. Why do you want him so bad?

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