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Shinya Aoki Will to Prove Himself in Bellator 66

Written on April 19, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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DREAM lightweight champ Shinya Aoki to show "Japanese MMA are still at the top level" in this Friday's Bellator 66 event

DREAM lightweight champ will have a rematch with in the main card of . Aoki and Alvarez last fought in the DREAM ‘Dynamite!! 2008 event. where Aoki came out as the winner.

In a recent interview, the Japanese lightweight champ talks about Alvarez, his increased confidence and his motivation to fight in his upcoming bout.

“I believe Eddie Alvarez and I have both evolved as different fighters,” he said. “I’m more confident in my standup skills with the hard training with Muay Thai champions at Evolve gym in Singapore.”

“And what makes Eddie dangerous is the power in his hands and his wrestling skill. He mixes these skills well and executes the game plan effectively.”

“My main goal in this fight with Eddie Alvarez is to prove myself and Japanese MMA are still at the top level,” Aoki said. “I’d like to show my style is MMA, not just grappling or striking.”

The main card of 66 will air live on MTV2, while the prelim card will stream at 66 will be held at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio and will take place this Friday, April 20, 2012.

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