Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez on April 20, finally

by John Morgan | source:

A rematch nearly three-and-a-half years in the making is expected to take place on April 20. today learned that both Shinya Aoki and Eddie Alvarez have verbally agreed to meet at an as-yet-unannounced Bellator 66 event

The pair originally met in December 2008, when Aoki needed just 92 seconds to submit Alvarez via heel hook and claim the WAMMA lightweight crown. Since that meeting, Aoki has pieced together an 11-2 mark, while Alvarez has gone 8-1.

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minotauro11 site profile image  

2/21/12 8:06 PM by minotauro11


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2/21/12 2:17 PM by Wasa-B

Aoki has to beat people 2 or 3 times to really beat them in some people's eyes.

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2/21/12 11:09 AM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama


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2/21/12 11:01 AM by icedog11

Eddie left last week to train in Fla. with submission specialist bought in from Brazil and will be rolling with a leg lock specialist here in Philadelphia when he returns. I expect this to be a KO by Alvarez after the first fight Eddie had new respect for Aoki's leg locks don't expect that to happen again. If you re-watch the first fight it is clear Aoki wants nothing to do with Eddie's stand up

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2/21/12 8:04 AM by LiftStrong

Bellator 66 on April 20th? Where is this event taking place? Does that mean that there are Bellator events 7 straight weekends, from March 9 to April 20th? I'm hoping this gets added to the Windsor card a couple weeks earlier.

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2/21/12 7:25 AM by nubp

face crankFACE CRANK !!!

EckY site profile image  

2/21/12 7:12 AM by EckY

He hasnt worn them in years.

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2/21/12 7:09 AM by EckY

Not sure why Aoki bothered taking this fight.He won the first fight very easily with no controversy and now Alvarez' stock has dropped significantly.Aoki belongs in the UFC at this point, no point in him being in Bellator, he should cut ties with DREAM and get in with Zuffa.

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2/21/12 6:58 AM by Jaybrone

 Does Aoki get to wear his magic pants?

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2/20/12 4:29 PM by Wasa-B

Ippon, great post, btw. Its pretty rare to hear an objective post on predicting how an Aoki fight will go while trying to be both critical/realistic about both fighters.I think i pretty much agree with everything in your post. You think Eddie will win but commenting that he wont be as disciplined as Gil and that if he messes up, he can get tapped easily again and that Aoki is the best subgrappler ever in MMA but that Eddie will still come out on top.Very good post, great thoughts. I think even if Eddie is not as careful as Gil in the sprawl n brawl dept, and i think he can still get taken down, the key is for him to get remain defensive on the ground, try and get back up or just stall for the standup.Very few guys will have any business messing around with the ground game with Aoki and I dont think Eddie is one of them. This is of course diff if Eddie rocks Aoki standing first.Anyhow, its too bad Eddie just lost to Chandler cuz that will still give Aoki naysayers their shit to spout should Aoki win yet again.This is a great chance for Aoki to beat a top guy on American soil under an American org. Its sad that even though he beat Eddie fair and square the first time, he doesnt really get the respect for it as he should.That said, it will be much tougher for him this time but i think he can still pull it out. He showed he can bounce back from the crushing defeat to Gil, came back out to tap Kawajiri off his first attack no less but he still has to prove he can do it to an American on American soil.