Morning Report: Dana White says Eddie Alvarez situation with Bellator is 'going to get ugly'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

When Eddie Alvarez topped off his latest Bellator contract with a stunning first-round head kick of Patricky Freire, essentially submitting one of the greatest contract cappers seen in MMA in some time, the universal thought in the community was that Alvarez had just competed under the Bellator banner for final time. After all, it wasn't long before that the UFC had come calling for his former co-worker, longtime Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard.

And when UFC President Dana White subsequently sent a glowing tweet to Alvarez congratulating him on his performance and closing with, "Let's talk :)," Alvarez being poached away by the UFC almost seemed like a foregone conclusion. But that, as they say, is why you never assume in the fight business.

"Umm, yeah, I just don't know if I can talk about it," White hesitantly answered yesterday when asked about his attempts to sign the former Bellator lightweight champ.

After a comment from the scrum concluded that the situation must be fine because White would be able to speak if Bellator had re-signed Alvarez, the UFC President carefully responded, "No, that's not what's going on. It's... yeah," trailing off before picking back up. "It's going to get ugly."

That cryptic response was about as far as White was willing to go. Pressed once again on what he meant, White simply threw the question back, "What do you think it is? What do you think I'm talking about?

"If I could talk about it, I would. I think it's going to get ugly."

Earlier this month Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claimed his promotion, bolstered by support from Viacom, had the capability of matching Alvarez's recent UFC offer. If his words are true, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see Alvarez back in the Bellator cage in 2013. Though White's uncharacteristically subdued response likely signifies that this story is far from over.

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Today's Fanpost of the Day is an exciting announcement, courtesy of Chris Hall: SBNation homepage revamp!

Most of you probably noticed that your beloved [MMA Fighting] underwent a few minor changes a couple months. Most of the changes were pretty superficial, but you probably noticed a slight change in format. Since then, the team at SBN has kept up with complaints and criticism from the community and staff throughout all the network. And coming up in early January they'll be rolling out a new homepage design.

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The numbered annotations match up to the points below:

1. FanPosts, FanShots and Sidebars Moved: We are moving all sidebar modules to the right side of the page and increased their size. This makes FanPosts and FanShots modules more visible and makes it easier to see the lastest posts from community members.

2. FanPosts Featured in the "Cover." FanPosts from site members can now be featured alongside the lead stories on a site. AND New Shorter, Hero-Style "Covers." We are adding some new formats for displaying the lead story or stories of the day that occupy less vertical space, to help push FanPosts up higher on the page and improve the scanability of the front pages.

3. Local Site Navigation at the Top of all Pages. For some users the current double navigation, with SB Nation network navigation at the top of the home page and the local site navigation below the top stories, creates a disconnect between the content and the community on a team site. We have switched to a single navigation bar on each community that highlights the community elements rather than network blogs by default. But if you roll over "SB Nation" in the new nav, the full network league and blog navigation appears. So we've retained network navigation functionality while calling out the local site navigation (and particularly FanPosts and FanShots) first and foremost. This change will also carry down to all pages on the blogs, including article pages, FanPosts and FanShots.

More changes explained after the jump...

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