Scott Coker Confirms Bellator Are Interested In Speaking To Free Agent Eddie Alvarez
Bellator President Scott Coker has expressed an interest in speaking to Eddie Alvarez if he is still a free agent.
Just last week, Dana White made it clear on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast that he’d had no problem with Alvarez speaking to other organizations if it was in his best interests.
“I like Eddie Alvarez,” White said. “I like him personally and I like him professionally. He’s at an age now where he needs to make some decisions for his family in what will probably be the last contract that he signs for the rest of his career. You know, I’m going to place, if Eddie wants to go somewhere else then I’m cool with that, but if Eddie wants to stay I’d keep him here too. I told him that. I told him ‘look, if you want to finish your career here with me then I’d like that, and if you want to finish your career elsewhere with someone else, then I have no problem with that either man.”
Following that statement, Bellator President Scott Coker appeared on MMAFighting’s MMA Hour today and confirmed that he’d be interested in speaking to Alvarez should he still be unsigned to an organization.
“I don’t think we’ve talked to Eddie, but listen, if he wants to reach out and have a conversation and he’s truly a free agent and we’re not interfering in anybody’s contract, we would love to talk to him,” Coker said (Transcribe via MMAFighting). “I think the guy has done a lot of good work in building his brand here in the U.S.
“Obviously, he’s had some great fights with Michael Chandler here in the past. We want to talk to every free agent out there that’s a big star, and I think Eddie is still a big star.”
Alvarez competed in Bellator for four years between 2009-2013 and held the Bellator lightweight championship twice during his time in the organization.
“The Underground King” has yet to comment on his free agent status.