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Just two short weeks ago, Bellator was flopped on its head and out fell Bjorn Rebney. The somewhat caustic frontman was replaced by former Strikefore chef d’equip Scott Coker.

While Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez had an proverbial war over contract disputes with Rebney and Viacom that lessened his cage time for most of 2012 and 2013, the news of Coker coming on board may have evened out tempers. However, it appears that Alvarez may be using the opportunity for closed-door talks with the new management to decide his fate in an entirely different direction.

MMA-in-ASIA has been covering Tyrone Spong’s Asia seminar tour, one that was supped to be supported by the Bellator Lightweight Champ. His conspicuous absence was no idle matter, it turns out. Alvarez had his China visa and was ready to go but a last minute meeting with Coker kept him home.

Also to be noted, on the Blackzilians website Alvarez is now listed as a free agent. Could this be the beginning of the champ’s new affiliation?

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