It has been a little more than three long years since Eddie Alvarez was submitted by Shinya Aoki in Japan on New Year’s Eve. In the bout Aoki tapped Alvarez with a Heel Hook92 seconds into their bout. Now, it appears the former Bellator lightweight champion is poised exact his revenge on American soil.
Though no specific location was mentioned, it looks like Bellator is hoping to book Aoki-Alvarez II at Bellator 66. MMAJunkie was first to report the April 20 match-up.
Since the loss, Alvarez has been defeated just once when Michael Chandler claimed the Bellator lightweight title in a thrilling contest last year. Prior to the defeat he’d won seven straight including victories over Josh Neer and Roger Huerta. Alvarez has been pushing for a rematch with Aoki, as the loss continues to haunt him, and will now apparently get his wish. It could also mark Alvarez’s last fight in the promotion making a win even more important.
Aoki, currently on a seven fight winning streak, is considered to be one of the top BJJers in MMA. He has earned eighteen of his thirty total victories by way of submission including those over the likes of Alvarez, Rich Clementi, Lyle Beerbohm, Joachim Hansen, and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
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