Former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has confirmed to MMAFighting.com that he will be completing his current Bellator contract this coming October at an as-of-yet decided Bellator event. While no opponent has been named, the longtime top-ranked lightweight will have at least one more fight in the Bellator cage.
Alvarez (23-3) won the promotion’s 155 lb. title in their season 1 tournament, the Philadelphia native’s title reign saw him defend his championship against future Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran, as well as defeating UFC veterans Josh Neer and Roger Huerta in super fights. Alvarez held the title for two years until losing it to Michael Chandler in what many considered the Fight of The Year this passed November at Bellator 58. The former champion then rebounded from the defeat by avenging a loss to DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki with a dominant first-round knockout at Bellator 66 in April.
While it remains to be seen what will become of the lightweight standout, many have assume he will be going the route of fellow Bellator Champion Hector Lombard and head to UFC once his contract has been fulfilled. As per his contract, Bellator has a three-month matching period, which will allow the promotion to match any offer the former champion receives.