Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez completed his contract with the fight promotion recently, making him a free agent.
Most felt as if Alvarez was a lock to sign with the UFC once he is eligible to, as Bellator does hold matching rights to any offers he given.
However, Alvarez (24-3) recently appeared on The MMA Hour and made it known he is fielding any and all offers for his services.
I’m taking my time with this. There’s very few times in your career when you become a free agent after winning. That’s the biggest key. So I’m taking my time. I’m interested in what’s going on with the Spike deal next year. We’ll field offers from everyone else, the UFC and everyone else. I don’t know who’s out there.
Bellator is slated to begin airing shows on Spike TV in 2013, moving from MTV2 to the former home of the UFC. Alvarez holds a 9-1 record in the Bellator cage.
UFC president Dana White sent out a message via Twitter immediately following a knockout win by Alvarez over Patricky Pitbull inviting a conversation. The UFC’s 155-pound division is one of the deepest in the promotion, so adding Alvarez would only strengthen it.