Eddie Alvarez could be on his way to the UFC in the near future.
He has one fight left on his current deal with Bellator FC, where he recently lost the lightweight belt to Michael Chandler.
Both sides have been in negotiations on a new deal for some time but a source tells Fighters Only that he and Bellator and â€śmiles apartâ€ť on the value of a new contract.
The source says that the tone has â€śsouredâ€ť recently and that a resolution now seems all but impossible, with the respective parties adamant that they cannot move from their stated positions.
A training partner of UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Alvarez has been on the UFC radar for some time.
Bellator is looking at bringing in Shinya Aoki for the last fight of Alvarezâ€™s contract, pursuant to a talent-sharing agreement with Japanese promotion DREAM.
Aoki holds the DREAM lightweight title and also holds a submission win over Alvarez from 2008lvarez is anxious for revenge but the clash would have serious implications for his immediate future.
If he lost to Aoki, he would exit Bellator on a two-fight losing streak and a decreased value which would harm his negotiating position with the UFC.
Should he win, he would be going into contract talks off the back of a win over a DREAM champion, making him more marketable from the UFCâ€™s point of view and thus adding to his contract value, especially in light of their targeting the Japanese market.