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Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki, to Meet at Bellator’s 2012 Campaign

Written on August 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Two lightweight champions of different promotion, Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki, as slated to meed again in 2012.

may get a second crack on yet, as both of them are set for a lightweight duel in Fighting Championships next year. Bout agreements have been distributed, and the two fighters are expected to ink the deal shortly. And while and Shinya Aoki are both lightweight champions of Bellator and respectively, no title will be up for grabs when the tournament takes place.

Both of them met on New Year 2008, wherein the Japanese submission specialist ended the American’s night early. Shinya Aoki slapped a tight heel hook on Eddie Alvarez, forcing the latter to submit in just 92 seconds.

But since then, the Bellator lightweight champion rattled off seven consecutive wins in Bellator and Dream. Eddie Alvarez won the title in 2009. On the other hand, Shinya Aoki has won eight of his last nine fights — including a five-fight win streak. He is set to meet the former WEC champion, Rob McCullough, at DREAM 17 in Saitama, Japan.

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