Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez Rematch Targeted For April 20th
I won’t waste too much of your time with a bunch of commentary on this one.
I am a firm believer in Aoki’s skillset, Japan deserves at least one dominant champion and I have always given that accolade to Shinya. Alvarez is good, but he has been too long protected under the Bellator banner and his recent loss to a virtual unknown only drives that point home for me.
While Gilbert Melendez may have laid out the blue print to beat Aoki, I am not sold on the fact that Alvarez is as good as Melendez and because of that I don’t think he will have the same success.
I stress that I really do not take MMA Math into consideration on these things, but if you just merely compare the resume of the two, Aoki’s is more compelling and when comparing their common opponents Aoki has done better against them.
All in all, Aoki won the first fight in 92-seconds. That’s about as dominate as you can get against someone and while it seems Aoki has been improving I think we may see Eddie on the decline.
Anything can happen in MMA, and I may be wrong on this one, but refer to my second paragraph in this breakdown. I am all aboard the Aoki bandwagon!