Eddie Alvarez left ONE: UFC is the next destination?
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Eddie Alvarez is no longer part of ONE Championship. He explained the reasons for his decision: “The contract was coming to an end, and I spoke with my agent and I told him, ‘I would like my career to finish up in the United States.’ And when we originally sat down with ONE, the idea was that [they] would progressively move to the U.S.,” Alvarez said on The MMA Hour.
“The plan was to have fights in Asia, and then my idea in my head was I would start in Asia, and towards the end of my contract, we would move closer to the U.S. and eventually get a fight there. “Unfortunately, the pandemic threw a wrench into all of those plans and slowed the progression of that up by a lot.
“I’m going to more than likely be signing my last contract, and I just want to be fighting here in the United States,” Alvarez continued. “I really want and need to fight in the United States to finish my career here”.
Alvarez talks about ONE
Although he left ONE, there is no bad blood between them. “One-hundred percent [we’re on good terms],” Alvarez explained. “I’ve only had one bad split with one company, and it was public.
Everybody knew about it. I never want to be involved in anything like that again. I never did ever since then, and I don’t think I ever will. I’m an adult. I know the sport, I know the business. I try to add value to whatever promotion I go to.
The people that I sign with, they know that. Besides the one promotion, I never really had a reason to butt heads with anybody”. Eddie talked about other options, primarily the UFC and Bellator. Alvarez could return to one of the strongest organizations.
We will see how realistic it is for that to happen, but we have no doubt that the fans would like to see something like that. “Yes [I would return to the UFC],” Alvarez said. “Yeah [I would go back to Bellator].
My messy divorce was with Bjorn Rebney, it wasn’t with Scott Coker. I was freed by Scott Coker. “My issue was never with Bellator the name — I had a spat with the president and that president got fired. “But as long as there’s big fights and big names involved in that company, I’ll more than likely say yes and keep my options open”.