[Sherdog.com] - By Mike Whitman Mar 1, As expected, Eddie Alvarez will receive another crack at Shinya Aoki in the coming months. Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney on Thursday tweeted news of the matchup, which takes place April 20 at Bellator 66.
[ESPN] - By Franklin McNeil Eddie Alvarez will face Shinya Aoki in a lightweight bout on April 20, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney said Thursday. The fight headlines Bellator 66, which will be held at the IX Center in Cleveland.
[Bleacher Report] - I was not going to include Shinya Aoki on the list, based simply off the fact that I believe he does not fight the level of competition that he should be fighting. But, knowing I would probably get grilled by readers, I will give him a hesitant nod.
[Sherdog.com] - Eighteen months later, “El Nino” returned the favor and has yet to relinquish his belt, successfully defending the strap against Kawajiri, Shinya Aoki and Jorge Masvidal. While that pairing is only a rumor at this point, Thomson is already looking
is a Japanese mixed martial artist, grappler, and former police trainee who is noted for being the DREAM Lightweight Champion, WAMMA Lightweight Champion and former Shooto Welterweight Champion. Aoki holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Yuki Nakai, as well as a black belt in judo. He is best known for his excellent flexibility, and submission skills often taking opponents by surprise and earning him the nickname Tōbikan Jūdan (跳関十段), meaning "Grandmaster of flying submissions." As of 2008, Aoki, along with DEEP champion Masakazu Imanari, and Sengoku champion Satoru Kitaoka have founded the "Nippon Top Team" as a group of elite Japanese grapplers competing in MMA. As well as his MMA credentials, Aoki has garnered several submission grappling accolades including two All Japan Jiu-Jitsu championships, a Japan Open Jiu-Jitsu championship, a Budo Open championship, and an ADCC Japan championship.
[iAfrica.com] - However, there are quite a few top-tier fighters missing, such as the Emilianenko brothers, Shinya Aoki and Semmy Schilt (in fact, the UFC roster has a few top-tier fighters missing as well). Still, the biggest reason you'd want to play this mode is
[Opposing Views] - Shinya Aoki 2 looks like it has a date and it will be taking place inside a Bellator cage. The bout is expected to go down at yet to be official Bellator 66 on April 20th. This is great and I can't wait. It's been about 4 years since Alvarez's loss to
[Fighters.com] - The rumored rematch between submission savant Shinya Aoki and former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez appears to finally have a destination and date after months of speculation on when or whether it would take place at all.
[MMA Boom (blog)] - Greg Jackson is the head honcho of one of the most popular gyms in Mixed Martial Arts, and Shinya Aoki is the baddest man to ever voluntary fall to his butt in a fight, so when the two got together for an EVOLVE Seminar in Singapore, this story was
[Heavy.com] - Alvarez spoke exclusively to HeavyMMA about his ambitions, the decision to skip the next Bellator lightweight tournament and a long-awaited rematch with Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki. “I still have eight or nine months left on my contract with
[Houston Chronicle (blog)] - Shinya Aoki is targeted for Bellator 66 on April 20. It's a rematch from their first fight three and a half years ago, which Aoki won. - Legacy Fighting Championship has added Robert Drysdale vs. Isaac “Ike” Villanueva and a lightweight title bout
[Yahoo! Sports (blog)] - In Bellator, Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki are expected to meet in April. Alvarez was submitted by an Aoki heel hook in After that loss, he won seven straight before losing a classic title bout to Michael Chandler. Aoki is currently holds the
[Yahoo! Sports (blog)] - *Kudos to Eddie Alvarez for turning down entry into Bellator's next lightweight tournament and taking a date with Shinya Aoki instead. The bout takes place April 20 at a location yet to be announced. Alvarez's decision puts the spotlight on what's
[Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - There are at least four outside the UFC – Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, Bellator champion Michael Chandler, ex-Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and former Dream champion Shinya Aoki – who have an argument that they are among the 10 best
[Bloody Elbow] - He is ranked as the #7 lightweight in the World MMA Scouting Report, and has shown huge improvements on his overall MMA game while working with Shinya Aoki, and the guys at Evolve MMA. He will be facing Felipe Enomoto, the brother of M-1 Champion
[Bloody Elbow] - When I flew to Singapore to check out their beautiful gym (photos here), I was able to witness him working with one of the more popular members of the Evolve Fight Team, in Shinya Aoki. Zoro credits the DREAM lightweight champ for helping him out a lot
[MMA Fighting] - Shinya Aoki II official for April 20. Bellator's biggest rematch is set to headline Bellator 66 at the IX Center in Cleveland, OH. Urijah Faber took his trash talk to the next level after hearing Dominick Cruz's latest string of insults.
[MMAmania.com] - Japanese MMA heavy hitters like Hansen, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Mitsuhiro Ishida and Shinya Aoki were all featured. Each man won their first round bout -- Aoki did so at the next event after a No Contest the first time around -- with "Hellboy" eventually
[Pro MMA Now] - There were also many familiar faces from the Evolve Fight Team such as WBA Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong, NCAA wrestler Jake Butler, Muay Thai World Champion Yoddecha Sityodtong and Dream Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki. The seminar was also graced by
[MMAmania.com] - The anime-loving kickboxer had score an impressive knockout over Shinya Aoki seconds into the MMA round the previous year after the submission wizard spent the entire kickboxing round fooling around and killing time. Nagashima wouldn't be so lucky this
[Pro MMA Now] - Not only was Zoro an instructor, he was also part of the Evolve Fight Team along side other members such as DREAM Lightweight Champion, Shinya Aoki, UFC Lightweight Rafael Dos Anjos, Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson and Eddie “The Magician” Ng. Zoro has been
[Bloody Elbow] - Eight fights and a rise as one of the top lightweight fighters in the game later, Alvarez will get a chance to avenge that loss as he will rematch Shinya Aoki at Bellator 66 on Friday, April 20th. The 28-year-old Aoki ( ) will make his