Photo of Eddie Alvarez taken at the Bellator 66 open workouts via Bellator.com
"[Aoki] got me when I went over to Japan three years ago and I got him here tonight. Maybe we can meet somewhere halfway like in Hawaii or something and fight somewhere nice or whatever. This is like one of those fights, man, where I'm a striker, he's a devastating grappler and it could go either way. I had a good night tonight, it's no more than that."
-- Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez avenged one of his two career losses at 155 pounds against top Japanese talent Shinya Aoki this past Friday night (April 20, 2012) in the main event of Bellator 66 in Cleveland, Ohio, with a first round technical knockout. He now holds a 1-1 career record against Aoki with both men defeating each other in their respective home countries. This victory was huge for Alvarez, who dropped his title to Xtreme Couture's Michael Chandler last year in one of 2011's finest fights. The Philadelphia native chose to forgo an opportunity to enter this season's lightweight tournament and instead focus on avenging the Aoki loss. His Bellator contract is set to expire later this year, but has he priced himself out of getting another Bellator contract by scoring this high profile win?