Having lost his Bellator lightweight title in a shocking upset to Michael Chandler late last year, Eddie Alavarez was expected to jump back in the fray and take a position in the Bellator season six lightweight tournament.
When the lineup for the tourney was announced, The Silent Assassin’s name was conspicuously absent from the field and, today, MMAMania reports why. Speaking with Bellator officials, MMAMania confirmed that a superfight between Alvarez and former opponent Shinya Aoki is being worked toward, with a possible fight date in April.
Alvarez (22-3) was handed one of his three career losses by the Japanese submissions ace back in 2008 at a K-1 and DREAM produced Dynamite!! fight card, losing to The Master of Flying Submissions via first round heel hook. Since then, Alvarez has established himself as one of the very best lightweights competing outside of the UFC, going undefeated in seven fights until meeting Chandler in his latest outing.
Japan’s Shinya Aoki (30-5, 1 NC) was met with a rude awakening when he came to the States sans grappling pants to challenge Gilbert Melendez for his Strikeforce title. Thoroughly repelled by the champ over five rounds, Aoki went back to the drawing board and has rattled off seven straight victories since, five of them by submission.