Report: Alvarez vs. Aoki Set for April 20

Shinya Aoki. Photo courtesy of FEG.

A much-anticipated rematch between former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and reigning DREAM 155 lb. king Shinya Aoki has reportedly been targeted for Bellator 66 on April 20. A venue and location for the bout has yet to have been announced.

The news comes from MMA Junkie, citing sources close to the event. Both fighters have agreed to the bout and contracts are expected to be finalized in the coming days.

Alvarez and Aoki first clashed at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 in Japan, where Aoki forced Alvarez to tap from a heel hook just over a minute and a half into their bout. Rumors of a rematch have been swirling for about a year now, but talks between both parties seemed to have heated up in recent months.

Since their original meeting, Alvarez went on a seven-fight win streak, which included six victories under the Bellator banner before being upset by Michael Chandler in a 2011 "Fight of the Year" candidate this past November.

Aoki has been very active, winning ten of his last twelve bouts. His lone losses have come at the hands of Hayato "Mach" Sakurai and Gilbert Melendez. In his most recent outing, Aoki earned a unanimous decision over former Senogku lightweight title holder Satoru Kitaoka at DREAM's New Year's Eve event.

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