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Eddie Alvarez Denied Injunction To Compete At UFC 159

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.

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