Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki

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Former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez looked to avenge a previous loss to submission ace Shinya Aoki at Bellator 66. See the rematch of two top 10 lightweights.

[bell rings]

THE BELL AND ROUND NUMBER ONE.

>> HOW DOES EDDIE ALVAREZ BEGIN?

HE SAID, "I'M GONNA LET AOKI

BRING THE FIGHT TO ME.

HE'S NOT A GREAT INITIATOR."

ALVAREZ SAID THAT THE MISTAKE HE

MADE LAST TIME, ABOVE AND BEYOND

NOT BELIEVING HE COULD ACTUALLY

WIN, WAS THAT HE WAS TOO

AGGRESSIVE.

HE SAID THAT HE HAS BEEN WORKING

ON TRAINING, AND IT'S BEEN VERY

DIFFICULT TO ACTUALLY SLOW DOWN

AND NOT BE SO AGGRESSIVE.

>> ONE THING AOKI DOES DO WELL

ON THE FEET, HE THROWS GOOD

KICKS.

WE SAW THAT AGAINST SHAOLIN.

HE THREW A LOT OF KICKS,

A LOT OF BODY KICKS.

WE SAW ALREADY HE CAN KICK TO

THE HEAD.

>> BODY PUNCH BY ALVAREZ.

>> ALVAREZ, OF COURSE, THE MUCH

BETTER PUNCHER, HOWEVER.

>> AGAIN, AOKI THE REIGNING

DREAM LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION, BUT

HIS TITLE IS NOT ON THE LINE.

BUT BOTH MEN APPROACHING THIS

LIKE A WORLD TITLE FIGHT.

>> SEE EDDIE ALWAYS CIRCLING TO

HIS RIGHT AWAY FROM THE POWER

OF SHINYA AOKI.

>> THERE'S A SHOT FROM AOKI, AND

THERE'S THE PATIENCE OF ALVAREZ,

AND HE'S NOT DIVING IN,

INVITING HIS OPPONENT TO

STAND UP, AND AOKI DOES.

>> NO WAY HE'S GONNA DIVE INTO

THAT GUARD.

I THINK IT'S THE MOST DANGEROUS

GUARD IN MMA.

>> PUSH KICK FROM AOKI,

JUST A RANGE FINDER.

GOOD RIGHT HAND BY ALVAREZ.

LOT OF HEAD MOVEMENT FROM

EDDIE ALVAREZ.

>> YOU SEE THE GAME HERE.

PICK HIM APART.

DIVE IN AND OUT.

>> AND NOW IT'S AOKI COMING

FORWARD MISSING WITH THE WIDE

RIGHT HAND.

>> ONE THING, EDDIE GETS DROPPED

IN ALMOST EVERY FIGHT.

AND NOT NECESSARILY AGAINST THE

HARDEST PUNCHERS.

HE'S HAD TROUBLE WITH THAT IN

THE PAST.

>> ALVAREZ ALMOST MAKES A JOKE

OF IT AT TIMES.

HE JUST GETS HIT, AND HE GOES

DOWN, BUT HE RECOVERS QUICKLY.

>> THE PROBLEM IS THAT AOKI'S

NOT GONNA TRY AND FINISH HIM

WITH STRIKES.

HE'S GONNA JUMP ON TOP OF HIM

AND TRY AND SUBMIT HIM

IF HE ROCKS HIM.

THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE

IN THIS FIGHT.

IN A STRIKING WAY, HE RECOVERS--

OH, GOOD RIGHT HAND!

>> AOKI DROPS.

ALVAREZ--

NOW MORE BIG RIGHT HANDS!

EAR SHOTS AND LOOKING TO FINISH

IS ALVAREZ!

THE TOWEL'S IN!

>> THE TOWEL IS IN, AND THEY

DIDN'T SEE IT!

>> REFEREE JERRY KRZYS DID NOT

SEE THE TOWEL, AND THERE IS THE

STOPPAGE!

AND A TREMENDOUS WIN FOR EDDIE

ALVAREZ JUST LIKE THAT!

>> I SAID HE NEEDED A

CAREER-DEFINING PERFORMANCE.

HE JUST HAD ONE TONIGHT!

MAN, WHAT A KNOCKOUT!

NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT IT

HERE.

NICE SHORT RIGHT.

I DON'T THINK AOKI WAS BADLY

HURT HERE.

IT'S THAT HE JUMPED IN,

AND AOKI WASN'T READY FOR IT.

HE DIDN'T THINK EDDIE ALVAREZ

WOULD JUMP IN AFTER HIM,

AND HE DID.

LOOK AT THAT SHORT RIGHT.

A NICE SHOT, BUT IT WAS--BANG--

THAT ONE RIGHT ON THE TEMPLE

THAT HURT HIM.

AND ONCE THAT HAPPENED, AOKI WAS

JUST UNPREPARED FOR THE

AVALANCHE FROM EDDIE ALVAREZ.

YOU SEE HERE, GOOD RIGHT HAND,

BUT IT WAS THIS RIGHT HAND THAT

SET EVERYTHING UP RIGHT OVER

THE TOP.

SHINYA AOKI TRYING TO DEFEND

HIMSELF.

BUT, MAN, LOOK AT THE PUNCHES

COMING DOWN, AND EVERYBODY

POINTING AT THE TOWEL.

THE REFEREE, HE HAD HIS EYES

WHERE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO,

WHICH WAS ON THE FIGHTERS.

DON'T KNOCK THE REFEREE.

THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO LOOK

AROUND THE CAGE FOR A TOWEL.

HE WAS LOOKING AT THE FIGHTERS.

>> LET'S NOW SEND IT BACK TO

MICHAEL WILLIAMS.