Former UFC Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez revealed that he is yet to sign a new contract with the UFC. The upcoming fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC Calgary is the last fight on Alvarez’s current contract.
During his appearance on the MMA Hour recently, Alvarez noted that he is betting on himself ahead of the fight. He also added that he is still on good terms with UFC and Dana White.
“I’m betting on myself. There wasn’t a new contract signed, and whoever — whether it’s his camp, or whoever’s camp out there that is kinda putting that out there, that’s bullcrap. I’m not this new guy coming in who signed this new, giant, great deal. That’s not what happened. I sat down with Dana (White) and the UFC, and we’re still very cordial, we’re still talking. There was no deal signed, but there’s a point in every fighter’s career where sometimes you roll the dice on yourself. Sometimes you believe in yourself and you roll the dice,” he said.
A good relationship with the UFC
The 34-year-old reiterated that everything is really good with the UFC. The only problem, however, has been the failure to reach an agreement.
“Everything is really good between all of us, all parties. We just haven’t come to an agreement. Every deal is different, and every deal takes more time than the next, so I have a feeling we’ll get something done. Right now it’s not, so rather than elongate the process, say ‘I’m not going to fight’ and stomp my foot down and be a baby, I said let’s fight. Let’s just fight. Let’s fight. And then we’ll figure it out along the way. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. But I think we’re all talking and everything is going well. So I’m happy with the way things are going, but I think it’s more important — fans are yelling and screaming about this fight, everybody wants it, and I think it’s more important that we put this fight on for the fans,” Alvarez added.
Alvarez and Poirier had fought back in May 2017 but the fight had ended in a no-contest after Alvarez landed two illegal knees.