UFC offer matched by Bellator, keeps Eddie Alverez.

Eddie AlvarezSource | MMAJunkie.com

MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from multiple industry sources that Bellator executives have issued an offer to Alvarez to match the deal he recently received from the UFC. The move is an effort by Bellator to retain the rights to the star 155-pounder, whose contract with the promotion expired following an October win over Patricky “Pitbull” Freire but who remained in an exclusive matching period with the tournament-based organization.

“It really becomes for us a mathematical analysis,” Rebney said. “We know where we would want to be with Ed, we know what kind of a deal structure would work for Bellator and our partners at Spike TV, and we’re just waiting.

“We’d like to keep him, but it will all boil down to the numbers.”

For now, it appears those numbers suit Bellator just fine.

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