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Wednesday, 01/11/2012, 01:00 pm

MMA NEWS – Eddie Alvarez Not Entering Season 6 Bellator Tournament; Aoki Rematch Possible


“Ed won’t be part of the next tournament during the March kickoff,” Rebney said. “The decision was reached between us that the next right step wouldn’t be to jump back in the season-tournament right now.” “We’re still talking very regularly about the Aoki fight,” he said. “We’ve been talking to DREAM about making it happen, so it could still happen as his next fight.”

Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will not be participating in season six of Bellator’s lightweight tournament. The news comes via Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, who spoke to MMAJunkie.com earlier.

Eddie Alvarez was last seen at Bellator 58, in one of the best fights of the year, as he battled Michael Chandler for four rounds before being submitted via rear naked choke. The loss ended a two and a half year unbeaten streak, as Alvarez was crowned the promotions first lightweight champion in June of 2009. If the fight with Aoki gets inked, it’s unclear as to whether Bellator or Dream will play host, but Bellator officials have been keen on making this fight for quite sometime.

Aoki and Alvarez fought back in 2008 at the K-1 Dynamite Show on New Years Eve, where Aoki was able to submit Alvarez with a heel hook in the first round. Since then, Alvarez has gone 7-1 with notable wins over Toby Imada, Josh Neer, Roger Huerta, and Pat Curran. Meanwhile, Aoki has been on quite a tear himself, as he’s gone 11-2 with key wins over Joachim Hansen, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Zuffa cast off’s Razor “Rob” McCullough, and Rich Clementi.
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13 Comments to MMA NEWS – Eddie Alvarez Not Entering Season 6 Bellator Tournament; Aoki Rematch Possible

  1. Eddie will destroy Aoki so bad its not even funny. Aoki would get dominated he would keep it standing and batter him.

  2. JD says:

    Eddie scared to get into a 3 fight tournament and potentially getting more looses on his record lmao

  3. Creature says:

    Id like to see the winner become UFC bound.. but unfortunately i know thats highly unlikely

  4. A.James says:

    Until these guys step into the octagon I’m going to say they’re both over rated. No offense to either of these gentlemen but I’m calling it as I see it.

  5. How? Aokis only chance is another lucky foot lock. No way Aoki takes him down.

  6. ThaGreenBandit says:

    I think that loss has Alvarez shook, and he has lost some confidence, so he’s avoiding the tourney. Also think he’d rather be seen as a big fish in a little pond, that’s why he’s not too keen on fighting in the UFC. Now that he’s no longer a big fish at Bellator, and there’s nothing to lose, why not see how good you really are and see how you stack up against UFC caliber competition? It’s gonna be interesting to see what he does…

  7. Shaun Douglas Breeze says:

    Aoki is one of the most exciting graplers to watch . Having him in the UFC would be awesome. Hopefully sooner rather then later.

  8. davee says:

    alverez knows the guys in the tourney wany it more then him,…the bottom line in eddie lost to some guy who couldd not even make ufc..he got out worked..eddied gave up….eddie is no way top 10,,he scared

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