Twitter is a funny way of finding out news. Many celebrities and other famous people have a Twitter. A lot of MMA fighters have one as well, including Bellator Lightweight Champ Eddie Alvarez There are always rumors and whatnot floating around on Twitter, but this one comes from the person himself. A fan asked the Philadelphia native Alvarez if the rumors of an Alvarez/Shinya Aoki rematch was going to happen, and Alvarez simply replied, “Yes”.
Alvarez and Aoki have a little bit of a history with each other. Before Eddie Alvarez joined Bellator and quickly became the Lightweight Champion, he fought for a Japanese MMA organization called DREAM. Alvarez took place in a Lightweight Grand Prix Tournament in which he won 3 in a row, with 2 of them being potential Fight of the Year bouts. On his way to making it to the finals he defeated Brazilian Andre Amade, Joachim Hansen, and the hometown hero Tatsuya Kawajiri in exciting fashion. Alvarez would have been scheduled to face another hometown hero in Shinya Aoki, in the finals later on in the night. Unfortunately, in the Kawajiri fight Alvarez sustained damage to his eye. With the Grand Prix Finals taking place later that night, Alvarez had to pull out of the tournament. Joachim Hansen, someone Alvarez had previously beaten, stepped in his place and actually won the tournament defeating Aoki via TKO.
A little over five months later MMA fans had a chance to see the Grand Prix Finals they were supposed to see at the Japanese Annual MMA event Dynamite!! 2008. Aoki, known for his jiu-jitsu skills, made it clear that he wanted the fight to take place on the ground. Alvarez made it clear he wanted no part of that though and was trying to keep the fight standing. Aoki quickly got the clinch and wrestled Alvarez to the ground. He locked in a heel hook submission almost immediately and Alvarez was forced to tap, but not after what looked like injuring his foot/ankle.
Since then, Alvarez has brushed up on his jiu-jitsu skills going 7-0 with 5 of them wins coming via Submission. Aoki hasn’t been too shabby since then as well, going 9-2 with 7 of them coming via Submission. With Alvarez looking very impressive, and both men doing well for themselves since the first fight, many MMA fans believe Alvarez has a great chance of defeating “Tobikan Judan” Shinya Aoki (which is Japanese for “The Master of Flying Submissions”) this time around.
Aoki is scheduled to face “Razor” Rob McCullough at DREAM 17 on September 24th, while Alvarez is scheduled to defend his Bellator Lightweight Title against Season 3 winner Michael Chandler Jr. at Bellator 54 on October 15th. Beyond that nothing is set in stone, but with Alvarez pretty much confirming it via Twitter, there may be more to this rumor than just speculation. Let’s all hope this is true and pans out, because there’s nothing like a long anticipated rematch between two great MMA fighters.