Former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will be going to battle with the promotion he once called home this coming Friday. As reported, Bellator engaged the Blackzilians fighter in a legal battle after matching the contract offered to Alvarez by the UFC. According to the Philadelphia native, Bellator’s counteroffer was not a true match to Zuffa’s, who offered him the chance to compete on Fox and Pay Per-View percentage bonuses, neither of which Bellator can truly match. The UFC then sweetened the pot, upping their offer to Alvarez to include a $250k signing bonus and $70k per-fight with potential mirrored win bonus.
Recent reports also suggest that Alvarez has been offered a bout at UFC 159.
MMA Payout has the details:
According to Court papers filed in [the federal US District Court for the District of New Jersey] by Alvarez’s attorney, Zuffa will not promote or contract with Alvarez until it has Court permission. It has to do so within 90 days of the event. Thus, the deadline is January 27th (the hearing is set for Friday the 25th since the 27th is Sunday).
The hearing is to show cause as to “why Bellator should not be restrained from interfering with Alvarez’s prospective contract with Zuffa and why Alvarez should not be permitted to contract with Zuffa, so that he may participate in Zuffa’s April 27, 2013 event.
As in all preliminary injunctions, the threshold Alvarez’s attorneys must prove for the Court to grant the preliminary junction is:
1) the likelihood of success on the merits;
2) that Alvarez will suffer irreparable harm if the injunction is denied;
3) who between Bellator and Alvarez would suffer the most harm after comparing/balancing;
4) that the public interest favors such relief.