Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

Eddie Alvarez is now a free agent, leaving many to wonder where he might go next.  

The former world champion signed with ONE Championship back in 2018 but would ‘amicably’ split from the promotion earlier this week. Now that he’s out of his contract, Alvarez will have to look for a new home to fight at. Or perhaps an old one? 

Before winning UFC gold in 2016, Alvarez became the Bellator Lightweight Champion back in 2009. ‘The Underground King’ racked up multiple title defenses, going 8-1 under the promotional banner. He’d only lose to Michael Chandler in his historic run, but Alvarez would avenge the loss right before signing to the UFC.

Of course, Alvarez isn’t as good as he once was in Bellator or the UFC. The Philly-native had a run of bad luck overseas, going 1-2 with one no contest in ONE Championship. 

Could we possibly see Alvarez do better in Bellator again? President Scott Coker is currently contemplating that exact question. 

“Honestly, I have not talked to [Eddie],” Coker said on The Ringer MMA Show. “I’m not sure what his plans are or if he has another deal. Of course we’ll talk to everybody but I don’t know if he has plans or if he doesn’t have plans.”

“I’m extremely happy with our roster and the way it’s being built from the ground up. Is it a right fit for him right now? I’m not sure.”

While Coker has yet to reach out to Alvarez, there’s another MMA star the promoter has his eyes on. That would be the biggest free agent in the fight game: Nate Diaz. Talking to BBC Sport, Coker confirms he has opened a dialogue with the Stockton superstar.

We’ll see what comes of that and while we’re at it, we’ll also keep an eye on where fellow free agent Eddie Alvarez goes for the next chapter of his career… whether it be Bellator or an entirely new promotion altogether.  

By Chris De Santiago

Chris De Santiago is a 20-year-old journalist out of Texas. He is the founder of MMA Island and also works for

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