The legal battle between Eddie Alvarez and Bellator may be coming to an end, not with a bang but with a whimper:

Alvarez has been mired in a lawsuit with Bellator, which currently has a pretrial conference date set for no earlier than Sept. 15, 2014.

However, Alvarez’s manager Glenn Robinson told on Monday they are still negotiating with Bellator.

“We’re not there yet but hoping we can come together [on a settlement],” Robinson said.

That sad farting noise you all hear is the sound of the fight going out of Eddie Alvarez. While Bellator’s case against the lightweight seemed tenuous at best and downright deceptive and scummy at worst, who needs the truth on your side when you have lawyers who can keep a case in legal limbo for YEARS?

Alvarez said he sold a property so he’d have some money to live on while fighting the good fight but at this point you have to start factoring in the amount of money he’s losing by not competing. You only have so many years at the top of your game – there’s the peak condition you can keep your body in and then the always increasing skill levels of the next generation to consider as well. If he can get on this upcoming Bellator card against Michael Chandler, that’d be good for both him and Bellator.

Let’s hope Bellator has the good sense to see this and makes Alvarez an offer based on realistic PPV numbers, not just a ‘matched’ number based on the UFC’s much better buyrate. With the way Bellator has been behaving with fighters lately, I’m not all that confident that will happen, but it’s never too late to start doing the right thing.