Alvarez vs. Aoki II Headlines Bellator 66 from the I-X Center in Cleveland on April 20th

Written by: Eddie Goldman
2012-03-02
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From Bellator FightingChampionships:

Former Bellator Lightweight championfights DREAM champ in highly-anticipated rematch

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 2, 2012)
— One of the most talked about rematches inMMA is finally taking place as former Bellator Lightweight Champion EddieAlvarez looks to avenge his 2008 loss against DREAM Lightweight Champion ShinyaAoki on Friday, April 20 LIVE from the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio on MTV2and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Tickets for the event are on sale now andcan be purchased at Bellator.com and IXCenter.com or by calling 877-772-5425. Tickets range from$30-$125.

For Alvarez, the Philadelphia native sports an incredible 22-3 professionalrecord with victories over Pat Curran, Joachim Hansen, Roger Huerta and JoshNeer. After winning the Bellator Lightweight Title in Season 1, Alvarezsuccessfully defended his belt until Bellator 58 where he was defeated byMichael Chandler in what many MMA observers are calling the "Fight of TheYear" (Watch Here: http://bit.ly/uoaoCE).While the outcome isn’t what Alvarez expected, the Philadelphia Fight Factoryproduct is ready for his next challenge.

"This really is the perfect scenario for me," Alvarez said. "Ineed to redeem myself, and I can’t think of a better way to do it than avengingmy loss to Aoki in 2008. I’m glad I’m able to get back on the horse and fightsomeone of his caliber right away."

Aoki heads to the States fresh off his impressive New Years Eve victory withDREAM, where the 28-year-old submission specialist kept his spotless 5-0 NewYears Eve record intact with a unanimous decision win. That perfect recordincludes his 2008 victory over Alvarez, where Aoki defeated the American with aheel hook submission early in the first round. With both lightweights ranked inthe consensus Top 10, this is a fight fans will have circled on their calendar.

"Ed asked me to secure this rematch for him years ago," said BellatorChairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. "I promised I would, and now it’sofficial. Anytime you can put two of the world’s Top 10 Lightweights in thecage together at the pinnacle of their careers, you’ve got a very special fighton your hands – and that’s exactly what we will see in Cleveland April 20th."

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