The rift between former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and his bosses grows wider every day.
Alvarez, a free agent who inked a lucrative contract with Zuffa to fight at UFC 159 only to have Bellator MMA block to the deal via their ‘matching clause,' revealed on Thursday that settlement talks between the two sides have fractured beyond repair, meaning a lengthy court case is all but an inevitability. And now that a diplomatic solution appears to be nothing but a pipe dream, Alvarez is turning to social media to wage his war over the public airwaves.
"This is a lot less about (Bellator CEO) Bjorn (Rebney) guys and [a lot] more about Viacom," Alvarez tweeted Friday night. "I spoke with the [higher] ups and explained myself, basically was told too bad. Bjorn only owns very little and I'm really not sure he has a say at all, I went over his head and spoke with his bosses, and here we are!"
An hour later, Alvarez retweeted a post made by former champion kickboxer and current Bellator lightweight Cosmo Alexandre, in which Alexandre uploaded a photo of a gas meter after a four dollar purchase, accompanied by a sarcastic "#thankyoubjorn" hashtag.
#nomoneyteam Baby !! I just put what I had in my pocket .$4,00 gas .. #thankyoubjorn #Bellator instagram.com/p/Y3b-lPvEAJ/— Cosmo Alexandre (@CosmoAlexandre) May 3, 2013
Reading Alexandre's post seemingly reignited Alvarez's anger, as the 29-year-old proceeded to unload a barrage of frustrated tweets decrying Bellator's business practices.
I am fortunate compared to guys like @cosmoalexandre this guy trains day and night to feed his Fam N Viacom/ spike continue to hurt him— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 4, 2013
@cosmoalexandre his story of getting shafted might be worse than mine.— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 4, 2013
Not to mentioning how @zachfunsize WAs bullied to take a smaller pay day than contextually agreed or just sit.after being champ— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 4, 2013
I might just dump just real shit tonight until I get a call from someone to stop. Soooo much to talk about,now that the gloves are off— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 4, 2013
I have nothing to complain about I get paid we'll enough to keep bills paid but to bully guyslike @zachfunsizen @cosmoalexandre is a sin— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 4, 2013
Bjorns a Grunt in this . It's Viacom and Spike and a group of idiots a money who don't know shit about Mma— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 4, 2013
I'd be more careful in what I said but I was Told as long as Itruthful then I can say whatever I want .— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) May 4, 2013
Alvarez concluded by revealing that he will appear on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour on MMAFighting.com to "tell the truth, not to be politically correct."