Alvarez admits he's interested in fighting for a lot of money just because that would help him put food on the table for his family, but he has no desire to become an A-list celebrity like Ortiz or Jackson.
"I have no desire at all to be famous, none," he said. "I have no desire to be as famous as Tito and Rampage, and for people to know me and seek me out. All of the [expletive] I've been through will be worth it if I can do what I love and make some money to be financially free. I want to make a decent amount of money so I can take care of my family and do some cool things with them.
"That's it. Being famous and a celebrity, no thanks. I love to fight, and I love my family, and if fighting allows me to help my family, that's great. None of the other [expletive] matters, not even a little bit."
Alvarez is continuing his uneasy relationship with Bellator simply because its a better option than being sidelined for months.
"This is not about them," Alvarez said. "It's not about Bellator. It's not about the belt. It's not about the championship. It's about two guys who consider themselves the best in the world going into the cage and seeing who wins. That's it. That's what this sport is about, and it's what people tune in for. It's not about a belt. It's not about a promotion. Get rid of all of that: The show, the lights, the flash. It's about one guy who is the best in the world and another guy who thinks he's the best of the world getting into the cage to fight to prove it.
"That's the point of this, nothing else. Money is always a motivating factor, but money has never been my driving force. In my first fight, I paid the promoter in order for me to fight. I was in the hole 300 bucks for that. Money has always been a byproduct of me doing something I love."
Alvarez is set to fight Michael Chandler in the main event of Bellator's Nov. 2 card in California.
"The joy is in the moment, not at some pot of gold at the end of the rainbow," Alvarez said. "Fighting is what I love to do. If I were motivated solely by a pot of gold, then yeah, the time off would have been a big problem. But I got a lot of great work in, and ring rust isn't going to be an issue."