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Scott Coker Says Eddie Alvarez Returning to Bellator MMA ‘Doesn’t Seem Likely’

Bellator president Scott Coker says there were early discussions about bringing Eddie Alvarez back to his former home but now that doesn't seem likely to happen.

Eddie Alvarez remains a free agent but it doesn’t appear he’ll be returning to his old stomping grounds.

The former UFC lightweight champion entered free agency following his loss to Dustin Poirier in July while talking to multiple suitors who would undoubtedly have interest in the veteran fighter.

One of those potential landing spots was Bellator MMA where Alvarez was a mainstay for a huge part of his career while serving as the face of the promotion after it first launched. Current Bellator contender Michael Chandler had spoken often about bringing Alvarez back in hopes of a rubber match after they split a pair of fights in the past.

Unfortunately for Chandler and the rest of the Bellator roster, it doesn’t appear Alvarez will be receiving a homecoming party when his free agency comes to an end.

“It doesn’t seem likely at this point,” Bellator president Scott Coker told MMAFighting this week.

According to Coker, Alvarez and the matchmakers at Bellator MMA had a conversation after his free agency period began but apparently the two sides never went much further than that and now it’s not expected that he’ll be making his return there any time soon.

“I think that they had a conversation with Eddie and I’m not sure where it’s at,” Coker said. “But I don’t think it took a second, it wasn’t like it was something that was picking up any steam so I’m not sure.”

The UFC has also expressed interest in retaining Alvarez’s services but there’s no word yet if the two parties have come to any kind of agreement that will see him return to the Octagon or continue to search for a new home.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.

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