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Alvarez vs. Aoki bout at FEG’s “Dynamite!!” could have WAMMA title implications has learned that a planned lightweight bout between Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki that is scheduled to take place on Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan at FEG’sDynamite!!” event could see the vacant lightweight title for the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts on the line.

Sources indicated that talks are only in their preliminary stages and that K-1 and DREAM officials have not made a final decision regarding whether Alvarez vs. Aoki will have WAMMA’s title at stake.

WAMMA bills itself as a “multifaceted, fan and fighter-forward organization dedicated to promoting the integrity, legitimacy and longevity of Mixed Martial Arts.” The promotion conducts a monthly rankings poll, of which President and Publisher Sam Caplan serves as the chair of.

According to the organization’s November rankings, Aoki is ranked second in the poll with Alvarez slotted immediately behind him in the three spot. Both Aoki and Alvarez are ranked behind current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, who is scheduled to challenge Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title on Jan. 31 at UFC 94. UFC President Dana White commented earlier this week that should Penn win, his next fight would be a welterweight title defense against number one title contender Thiago Alves.

If WAMMA sanctions the Alvarez vs. Aoki matchup, it would add a second active title to the organization, with Fedor Emelianenko currently recognized as its heavyweight champion. Emelianenko is scheduled to defend the WAMMA heavyweight title on Jan. 24 in Anaheim, California during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning.”

  • Lauren says:

    The fight should be incredible and it deserves a belt.

  • stuck at work says:

    Why would FEG/Dream even consider it? It completely devalues Hellboy’s lightweight title. They did, after all, hand out a lightweight title belt with the lightweight GP belt.

  • Pete says:

    Wamma is a joke I couldn’t agree more. Everyone wants to have their hand in the cookie jar right Sam?

  • jj says:

    thats great news. i sure hope eddie wins.

    how is wamma a joke? the best heavyweight in the world is their champion.

    sounds like you’re the joke b.w.

    to anyone with a brain capable of thought processing that adds quite a bit of legitimacy. aoki or alverez joining the wamma champion ranks would only bolster that.

  • Clayton Biggsbee says:

    WAMMA is a complete joke. Just a bunch leaches trying to steal a piece of the pie.
    What are those things that follow sharks around? You know, those little fish that attach themselves to the bottom of a shark and feed off of the sharks scraps. That’s what WAMMA is!

  • Slick Rick says:

    That is very exciting. I don’t know what all the WAMMA bashing is all about they are going about it right and picking their championship fights very carefully. I hope the fight is for their belt.

  • bubbafat says:

    Dream and K1 aren’t going to let it happen for the same reason as DW. It devalues their own champ, Joachim Hansen. Remember Affliction had no champions within it’s own org when it “allowed” WAMMA to issue a title. UFC and Dream/K1 already have champs.

  • bubbafat says:

    Sometimes I wonder Sam, whether you report this stuff just to see what reactions you get on your blog. This could’ve waited until it was official. As of right now, it’s just heresay and speculation.

  • Jesse says:

    It’s a joke because WAMMA is supposed to be the “definitive” title for “The Best” but the universally recognized best at that class is BJ Penn.

  • Dermot says:

    B.J. Penn is the number one lightweight in the world. As long as he fights in the UFC he will never fight for the WAMMA belt. Therefore the WAMMA belt is completely bogus if the number one guy will never fight for it.

  • steve says:

    if they did do this i think WAMMA would lose all of its legitamacy.

  • Caidel says:

    I’m saying: Why not? It is closest they can get to #1 fighter when #2-#3 fights and it won’t hurt nobody. If UFC doesn’t want to play with WAMMA, so be it. You can then take their titles as BEST FIGHTER NOT BEING IN UFC, which is actually pretty interesting title for me, since we can see more co-promotions because of this. And since LHW, MW and WW class are dominated by the UFC, it makes a sense to create a LW belt…

    I don’t see, how WAMMA “takes piece of a pie” by this, since they are not making any money on it and at the same time, promoter must agree with it. So no problem there.

    BTW: Even in UFC, we could actually see a lot of times champ not being #1 in world or #1 in UFC (take Lesnar for example… Nog is still ranked higher) or title fights with #1 taking on not even TOP 10 fighter (I think Silva-Cote was this case). So, basically, I don’t see WAMMA doing any different than the UFC. They simply take best guys available to them and let them go at it.

    (OK, if they make a LHW, WW or MW WAMMA title fight with both guys not TOP10, then I’ll be against it, but #2-#3 are OK in my book)

  • Imbecile says:

    I love when people say, “If they do this, WAMMA will lose all legitimacy!” It is hilarious that anyone ever thought WAMMA had any legitimacy to begin with. It is a complete joke that MMA never wanted or needed. It won’t be long before WAMMA dies off, since I don’t really see how this for-profit venture actually makes a profit.

  • 45huddle says:

    This is why sanctioning bodies are a bad idea. WAMMA isn’t even a year old, and already pure corruption. Aoki isn’t even Top 3, as he just lost to Hansen.


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