Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki to Rematch at Bellator 66 in Cleveland
As expected, Eddie
will receive another crack at Shinya Aoki
in the coming months.
Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney on Thursday
tweeted news of the matchup, which takes place April 20 at
Bellator 66. No other bouts have been announced for the show,
which will emanate from the I-X Center in Cleveland and air on MTV2
The pair first tangled in Japan in 2008, with Aoki emerging the
victor after latching onto a heel hook just 92 seconds into the
contest. Following that defeat, Alvarez signed with Bellator,
winning the Chicago-based promotion’s inaugural lightweight
tournament and then successfully defending his title against Season
2 tournament king Pat Curran.
However, Alvarez suffered just the third loss of his eight-year pro
career in November, falling by knockout to Season 4 winner Michael
Chandler to relinquish his lightweight belt in a “Fight of the
Aoki, meanwhile, has been bested only twice since defeating
Alvarez, dropping bouts to former Shooto
Sakurai and reigning Strikeforce
Melendez. “Tobikan Judan” currently rides a seven-fight winning
streak and triumphed over Lyle
McCullough and Satoru
Kitaoka in 2011. Known for his dangerous rubber guard and
potent grappling skills, Aoki, 28, owns 18 of his 30 career wins by
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