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Hot Rumor of the Day: Alvarez-Aoki Rematch in the Works for 2012

Bad news for Aoki:  he may not be able to use those magic tights.

According to a report by Sherdog, Bellator is trying to wrangle a actual, no-shit SuperFight for Eddie Alvarez — a rematch against the Japanese submission wizard Shinya Aoki. The two met previously at Dynamite!!! 2008 for the DREAM lightweight championship, which Aoki won in just 92 seconds via heel hook.

The loss was Alvarez’s first (and only) loss at 155; he’s since reeled off seven straight wins in Bellator and DREAM, winning the Bellator lightweight strap along the way. Alvarez has seen his stock rise in the intervening years, while Aoki has suffered some humiliating losses, including an epic beatdown from Gilbert Melendez for Strikeforce and a hilarious KO loss to Yuichiro Nagashima at DREAM’s 2010 New Year’s Eve show.

(That Nagashima matchup was conveniently labeled an “exhibition” so it’s like it never happened. Except it did happen, and it’s on YouTube, and it’s still a splendidly humorous illustration that karma will occasionally catch up with you, send flying knees into your face, and then laugh while you weep openly.)

While nothing has been made official at this time, we cannot articulate how much we would like to see this bout. Alvarez has continued to develop his game since New Year’s Eve 2008, and Melendez demonstrated a perfect gameplan to beat Aoki. (** Spoiler alert: it involves hitting him until he cries.) Meanwhile, the only part of Aoki’s game that has improved is his asshole persona.

Reportedly, the fight to determine the best lightweight in the world not fighting for Zuffa is being targetted for early 2012 sometime, to take place somewhere. Bellator has stood by its stance that fighters will only get title shots through winning tournaments, so the BFC big gold belt won’t be on the line. Likewise, don’t expect Aoki to put his DREAM title up for grabs either.

Not that titles are what’s important here. Just keep your fingers crossed that this fight goes down.



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ReX13- August 25, 2011 at 5:50 am
Bob Villa >> Ok, you got me. i hate Aoki and hope Alvarez beats the piss out of him in 2012.
Keep in mind, fellas, i don't consider myself a journalist, and i make no claims to professionalism or objectivity. WAR blogging!
Todd M- August 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Alvarez is going to murder him this time around, can't wait to see Aoki cry again. Nagashima really saved Dynamite for me last time around,Fuckin' Shinya, throwing wrestling style drop kicks just so he could waste 15 seconds getting back to his feet. RD 2 Knee to the face, It's goodnight Irene!
Bob Villa- August 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm
Why not just name this article " I Hate Shinya Aoki and Hope Eddie Alvarez Beats Him in Bellator in 2012"?
This is worse than than all of MRuss' Nick Diaz hating articles. Shame on you Rex.
I hope you get heel hooked by Palhares.
War manbearverine. Toquinho for the win.
XENOPHON- August 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm
"Bellator has stood by its stance that fighters will only get title shots through winning tournaments"
Equally as manipulated as the UFC, but has the downside of two lucky or less impressive fighters meeting. The risk is that fans know right away if the fight is worth the pay-per-view.
Since Bellator is free, this is not a problem, but as they expand they might want to change it up a bit. Maybe not, it's a change from the UFC and that's fine with most.
Get Off Me- August 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm
Aoki's been chasing Jienotsu around Japan trying to get his soul back.
I think Eddie's evolved and got more steroids in him since his last fight with Shinya, could not imagine Aoki winning this one.
Cestus84- August 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm
I would love for this fight to happen. And lets sayi Aoki wins, that would most likely get him into the next available LW tourney slot and we may have a LW ranking cluster fuck, the likes of which we haven't seen since the DREAM LW tourney back in 08. Which oddly enough also involved these 2 men.
Fried Taco- August 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm
I love seeing Aoki get the crap beat out of him.