Despite having lost to Shinya Aoki in a match to decide the first-ever WAMMA lightweight champion during FEG’s “Dynamite!!” event on New Year’s Eve, Eddie Alvarez is set to compete again on January 23 during Extreme Challenge’s “War at the Shore.”
And after traveling half-way around the world to challenge Aoki, Alvarez (13-2) will be fighting much closer to his native Philadelphia when he squares off against Naoyuki Kotani (17-8-4) at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Joining Alvarez on the card will be two of his teammates from the Philadelphia Fight Factory with both former BodogFIGHT women’s champion Tara LaRosa and former Division I wrestler Zach Makovsky scheduled to compete as well.
LaRosa’s opponent has yet to be determined while Makovsky is set to John Hosman, an 11-4-1 fighter who trains out of Colin Oyama’s Team Oyama.
Makovsky, 4-1, is one of the top fighters competing at 135 pounds not currently in the WEC. His most recent fight took place on the undercard of EliteXC’s “Primetime” event on May 31 in Newark, N.J. Facing American Top Team’s Andre Soares, Makovsky was declared the victor by unanimous decision.
Also scheduled to compete on the card is current EliteXC bantamweight (140 pound) champion Wilson Reis. Reis, 5-0, is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil but has called Philadelphia home for the past four years. His homecoming fight is scheduled to take place against Josh Ferguson, 6-1.
Former EliteXC competitor and Pros vs. Joes season one winner Charlie Brenneman is also set for action against Edward O’Daniel.