Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of AlvarezFight.com.
Former EliteXC standouts Eddie Alvarez and Paul Daley, who are expected to become free agents following the demise of the ProElite-owned promotion, have both revealed their intentions to return to action as soon as January in separate interviews with Sherdog.com.
According to Alvarez’s manager, midwest promoter Monte Cox, the Philadelphia native’s contract had him fighting in a variety of organizations, including EliteXC, Adrenaline MMA, and DREAM. However his next fight could take place in a yet-to-be-announced Extreme Challenge show in New Jersey:
“Eddie’s contract with Pro Elite was also a contract with Adrenaline and Extreme Challenge, and also a contract with Dream,” Cox told Sherdog.com. “That contract allowed him to fight in any of those places. (Pro Elite) only owned a piece of Eddie. I put in his contract that he would fight in EliteXC and then Extreme Challenge, Adrenaline, or Dream. We were alternating. The deal also says if one of the organizations doesn’t schedule a fight or is unable to put on a fight, they lose a turn.”
Under the two-year agreement, Alvarez (15-1) has two more fights owed to Dream, though Cox said Alvarez’s next fight could be for Extreme Challenge, possibly this January in Atlantic City. Cox also did not rule out a stint with the UFC if an attractive offer presents itself.
Meanwhile Daley, who fought almost exclusively in his home country of the United Kingdom up until the last couple of years, is currently looking for a deal that will have him continue to fight in the United States. However “Semtex” may be taking his skills to Japan in the New Year, where he last fought in a Pancrase show two years ago:
“I am considering fights in December in Canada, the UK or Holland and I am 99% sure I’ll make a return to Japan in January 2009 for Sengoku,” Daley wrote in an e-mail to Sherdog.com. “As far as exclusive contracts go, I have nothing yet, as we are still trying to establish the legal jargon in my Pro Elite contract. But I hope to be fighting regularly in 2009 with a major U.S. promotion.”
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