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Eddie Alvarez Apologies For Negative Comments About Interim Title

Andrew Ravens

Eddie Alvarez Apologies For Negative Comments About Interim Title

It’s not everyday that you hear an MMA fighter apology, but current Bellator lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez had some harsh words for an interim title that will be on the line this Saturday night.

Nate Jolly (13-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who was originally scheduled to fight Will Brooks (13-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) at Bellator 120 this Saturday night, but with Eddie Alvarez pulling out of his fight with Michael Chandler (12-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) and Brooks stepping in for Alvarez, now Jolly will fight Marcin Held (18-3 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) on Saturday’s card according to Bellator officials.

As far as the words that got him into trouble is this:“Not entirely excited that it’s an interim title, but business is business, and they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do,” Alaverez told MMAjunkie. “Whatever. Good luck to both of them guys. I’ll be pulling for Michael Chandler to win.

“I’ve never seen a champion not be able to fight one fight, and then they put on an interim title. That’s got to be the first time I’ve ever seen that. A fight’s a fight. I don’t get why we have to put a belt in there. I think we should get rid of the belts altogether, to be honest with you. But a fight’s a fight. For money, for a belt, whatever you’ve got to do.”

Alvarez has since tweeted out an apology about those very negative comments

You have to remember that in 2012 Alvarez was out of the door and going to the UFC. Bellator sued Alvarez and there was a huge deal about his contract. Alvarez ended up staying with Bellator and going into this fight with Chandler was his last fight on his contract. It’s believed that Alvarez wants out of Bellator and has his target set on a UFC debut. Dana White and the UFC have said in the past that they want Alvarez, so in reality, it’s a no brainier for Alvarez to go to the UFC once his contract is up.

Bellator 120 goes down at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. Jolly vs. Held is part of the Spike TV-televised prelims, which is followed by the night’s pay-per-view main card.

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