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Aoki, Alvarez to Settle Their Score on NYE?

(Shinya Aoki: Always prepared for a chilly afternoon.)

Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki were supposed to have their showdown in the finals of DREAM’s lightweight GP in July — instead, Alvarez was declared unfit to advance after getting his right eye messed up during his thrilling quarterfinal bomb-fest against Tatsuya Kawajiri, which allowed alternate Joachim Hansen to step in and whip the already-exhausted Aoki. Now the two top-five fighters may finally get a chance to test themselves against each other, as a fight between Alvarez and Aoki is in the works for "Fields Dynamite!! 2008" on New Year’s Eve.

Cross your fingers that it actually comes together. Simply put, Aoki vs. Alvarez would be the most important lightweight fight you’d find outside of the UFC, as well as one of the best grappler vs. striker showcases in any weight class, in any organization. Though Alvarez hasn’t competed since the DREAM tournament, Aoki snuck in a quick submission victory over Todd Moore at DREAM 6 in September; his loss to Hansen snapped a three-year-long undefeated streak that saw him go 12-0 with one no-contest.

Hansen is slated to appear in a headlining bout at Dynamite!! against JZ Calvancante, alongside bouts between Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura, and Mousasi vs. Musashi. According to MMA Weekly, other rumored participants include Tatsuya Kawajiri, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Masakazu Imanari, Nick Diaz, Hayato Sakurai, and Ikuhisa Minowa.

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Geriatric Peon- December 3, 2008 at 8:37 am
To Mr. Whitefolks - No zuffa doesn't deserve them but the fighters deserve a paycheck that the UFC can provide and I want to see Penn tested by better lightweights like Jugger's "B" column.

Jugger - I gotta go with preferring column B with column A a close second.
Mr.Whitefolks- December 2, 2008 at 9:27 pm
Come on Dude,

You really love the UFC that much? Zuffa doesn't deserve anyone on this list. IMO
Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm
Alvarez is going to smash Aoki, but, then again, I did say JZ would smash Aoki.
Eddie's Older Bro- December 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm
Any of you guys noticed that Eddie does his eyebrows like a chick? I would prob be a fan if he didn't wax his eyebrows.

Between Alvarez's eyebrows and Aoki's rainbow colored tights, this could quite possibly be the gayest fight to date. I guess untill BlowJob Penn takes on GoPusSee.

"The baddest homos on the planet"
Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm
This NYE card is making out to be a great card. Hope Hellboy destroys JZ Calvan... A friend of mine fought Calvan at a K1 event in the US and lost by controversial stoppage.
Joe T- December 2, 2008 at 2:28 pm
lol Smack! ...goin' postal.

Smackdaddiest1- December 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm
He looks more like that guy who did the Virginia Tech shootings....Scary.
Cap'n- December 2, 2008 at 2:13 pm
He looks like that guy you would pick a fight with cuz your feeling cocky, then you open your eyes and see him walkin away as you pick yourself up off the ground, tryin to figure out what just happened and why all this blood.
Jugger- December 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm
I just realized Kang is on the Ireland card. Ha.
Jugger- December 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm
If you could choose one (and only one) what would you choose?

Who group would you prefer to see (back) in the UFC:
a) Fedor, Barnett and Aleks
b) Aoki, Hansen, and Alvarez
c) Mousasi, Santiago and Kang (already rumored, right?)
d) Carrano, Cyborg, and Larossa

I gotta go with (a) because the UFC's HW division is so anemic, but (b) would create some amazing matches for Joe Silva to toy around with.
sodak- December 2, 2008 at 1:49 pm
you wouldn't hit a guy with glasses and grip tights would ya? I'm excited for this new years eve card some good fights