Eddie Alvarez, who is currently sidelined as legal teams sort out his future, was denied an injunction that would have allowed him to compete for the UFC.
Alvarez appeared in a court room on Friday, hoping to have his fighting future cleared up. Instead, the former Bellator lightweight champion remains a free agent, though his return to Bellator is growing stronger.
After fulfilling his Bellator contract last year, Alvarez was offered a UFC deal. As per most Bellator contracts, the promotion held a matching clause. Bellator officials claimed they matched the contract, while Alvarez disputed those claims due to the offering of a pay-per-view percentage.
The UFC is a major market in PPV, while Bellator has yet to host such a card.
Alvarez was hoping to be able to compete at UFC 159, which takes place this April in New Jersey. His Bellator contract also had a potential PPV date for early in 2013 with Michael Chandler, the current lightweight champion in the promotion.