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After much speculation, former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will in fact get the opportunity to rematch reigning Dream champ Shinya Aoki. The 155-pounders will do battle on April 20th at “Bellator 66.”
The event takes place at Indoor Exposition Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday.
Aoki caught Alvarez in a vicious heel hook in their initially meeting in December of 2008. Since getting demolished by Gilbert Melendez at “Strikeforce: Nashville” in April 2010, the submission specialist has rattled off seven consecutive victories.
Although the veteran has 36 fights under his belt, this tussle marks Aoki’s third scrap inside a cage. All of his other bouts have taken place in a ring in his homeland of Japan.
Alvarez is fresh off losing his title to Michael Chandler. “The Silent Assassin” was perfect through his prior seven contests before the November upset defeat.
No other bouts were reported for the event, which has been dubbed “Bellator 66: Alvarez vs. Aoki II.” MTV 2 will broadcast the main card.
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The Bellator Fighting Championship announced that Eddie Alvarez will rematch former DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki in the main event of Bellator 66 on Friday, April 20th. Bellator revealed the match-up earlier today via Twitter and on Cleveland.com.
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Bellator 66: Alvarez vs. Aoki II
When: April 20th, 2012
Where: Indoor Exposition Center in Cleveland, Ohio
How: MTV2 (8PM ET/PT)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki
Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney on Thursday tweeted news of the matchup, which takes place April 20 at Bellator 66. No other bouts have been announced for the show, which will emanate from the I-X Center in Cleveland and air on MTV2 and Epix.