Alvarez TKOs Aoki in 1st; complete Bellator 66 results

by Steven Marrocco | source:

The pressure weighing on Alvarez after losing his belt this past November to Michael Chandler – and at the tail end of his contract – seemed to have no effect on his performance. As expected, Aoki dove at his legs in an attempt to reproduce the submission that forced him to cry uncle four years ago in Japan under the DREAM banner. But he rejected that attempt, walking to the other corner of the cage, and waited for the right moment to strike.

Pawing out with faux-strikes, he prompted Aoki to take a risk with an uncharacteristic elbow strike out of the blue. In response, he uncorked an uppercut that dropped the submission specialist. Aoki seemed confused and unprepared for a lunging overhead punch that caught him on the temple and prompted a swarm of punches from Alvarez that forced referee intervention at the 2:14 mark of the first.

In reality, though, Aoki's corner had thrown in the towel several beats before the official wave-off.

With a big bargaining chip hanging around his neck, Alvarez implored his boss to come over the top of a perhaps inevitable offer from the UFC, which has long hovered as an option for the popular fighter. Rebney had previously told ( that he was pulling for the first Bellator champ, but would be firm in making him fight through a tournament to get a rematch with Chandler.

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Main Card (MTV 2)

Eddie Alvarez defeated Shinya Aoki by TKO (Punches, Round 1, )
Andreas Spang defeated Brian Rogers by TKO (Punches, Round 2, )
Maiquel Falcao defeated Vyacheslav Vasilevsky by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Rick Hawn defeated Lloyd Woodard by TKO (Punches, Round 2, 0:10)
Brent Weedman defeated Thiago Michel by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Preliminary Card

Julian Lane defeated Joe Heiland by submission (Guillotine choke, Round 1, 2:49)
John Hawk defeated Marcus Vanttinen by Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Attila Vegh defeated Dan Spohn via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Frank Carabello defeated Donny Walker by Knockout (Knee, Round 4, 2:25)



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StrikeforceSupporter site profile image  

4/21/12 1:13 PM by StrikeforceSupporter

What a sick ass card.

un3rgr0und site profile image  

4/21/12 12:37 PM by un3rgr0und

wow the ref just let Alvarez tee off on that dude, it was clearly over

Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

4/21/12 10:16 AM by Nexuscrawlers

 well, i got 2 right! great card anyway though.

liquidrob site profile image  

4/21/12 9:40 AM by liquidrob

Falcao vs Spang, I take FalcaoHawn vs Weeman, I got Hawn

Godmode site profile image  

4/21/12 8:18 AM by Godmode vs. Falcao brawlblue pls

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4/21/12 2:31 AM by Reed Rothchild


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4/21/12 2:05 AM by Kansas Comet

Eddie's back in the top ten and hopefully signed by ZUFFA and pitted vs Gil Melendez - instant classic for sure!

BigSleep site profile image  

4/20/12 11:53 PM by BigSleep

Aoki does have some really bad losses to go with some great wins.

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4/20/12 11:30 PM by TimeConsumer

Aoki has fought how many times in America? How many times has he won and lost in America. When he beats a top 10 fighter in America come back to me. Thanks