Alvarez Signs With UFC, To Fight Cerrone

Just one day after being granted his unconditional release from Bellator, Eddie Alvarez has joined the UFC.

Alvarez (25-3) will look to make an immediate impact in the Octagon, taking on Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 178, a card that took a major hit with the Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier bout that was originally slated to headline the event was called off due to injury.

The now-former Bellator lightweight champ was released from his Bellator contract on Tuesday, after nearly a month of speculation about his jumping ship to the UFC to fight Cerrone.

"Myself and my team had some really good discussions with Scott, but in my heart I knew I was ready to move on and start the next chapter in my career," he said in a press release.

Eddie Alvarez ended his stint in Bellator with a 10-1 record in the promotion, with his one loss coming against Michael Chandler back at Bellator 58. In a fitting end to his Bellator career, Alvarez bested Chandler in a rematch this past November, earning a split decision victory and regaining the lightweight title. Alvarez, who had been embroiled in contract disputes with Bellator for the better part of two years, was scheduled to face Chandler in a rubber match earlier this year, but withdrew due to a concussion suffered during training.

Meanwhile, Cerrone's original opponent "King" Bobby Green is left without an opponent for the September 27 card, and presumably will sit out the event.

The Updated UFC 178 Card:

Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso
Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
Jorge Masvidal vs. James Krause
Stephen Thompson vs. Patrick Cote
Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard
Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck
Manny Gamburyan vs. Cody Gibson

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