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Eddie Alvarez Granted Immediate Title Shot Upon Entering The UFC

Documents concerning the UFC contract for Eddie Alvarez have been obtained by MMAjunkie.com, and they include some interesting pieces of info.

First, it appears Alvarez would be given an immediate title shot with UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in March. The contract states an “intent” to have Alvarez compete for the belt, not a guarantee.

Also, Alvarez would be paid $70,000 to show and another $70,000 if he dethroned Henderson atop the division. His pay would increase for each win until it topped out at $210,000 per fight, along with earning a percentage of the pay-per-view revenue.

Alvarez would also be paid $250,000 for signing with the UFC and leaving Bellator. The contract does show that Bellator agreed to match each piece of the contract offered by the UFC, including $25,000 for a behind-the-scenes show and $100,000 for appearing on the upcoming Bellator reality series.

The former Bellator lightweight champion has made it known he prefers to go to the UFC, but his fighting status will be determined by the courts now. Alvarez could decline signing with Bellator, but would likely face a year on the sidelines due to a no-compete clause.

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