Former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez accepted the challenge of ex-Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez – on one condition.

Melendez had mentioned a possible date in Mexico this June, but Alvarez is seeking a sooner contest between the former titleholders.

Alvarez was forced out of a planned fight last year with Benson Henderson due to an injury after dropping his Octagon debut to Donald Cerrone. Melendez is coming off a loss to Anthony Pettis for the UFC title.