A motion filed by Bellator MMA in March to dismiss two counts of fighter Eddie Alvarez’s counterclaim against the promotion was denied on Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
According to Sports Illustrated, Judge Jose L. Linares ruled that the court couldn’t dismiss Alvarez’s claims of tortious interference and breach of contract against Bellator based on a lack of factual information available at this time. In addition, Judge Linares also found that precedent cited in Bellator’s arguments to dismiss were not sufficiently aligned with the case.
“In deciding the instant motion to dismiss, this Court must accept allegations in Alvarez’s counterclaim as true,” wrote Judge Linares. “Accepting the validity of Bellator’s argument would require this Court to make a factual determination that Bellator, in fact, had a legitimate business-related justification for proposing a contract to Alvarez purporting to match the Zuffa offer. It would be inappropriate for this Court to make a factual determination at this stage.”
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