You’ve probably seen this already, or at least knew about it, but I didn’t want to spoil the fight for anyone yesterday, so I held off posting it until today. Anyways, here’s the press release WAMMA sent out announcing Shinya Aoki, who recently lost to Joachim Hansen and hasn’t fought consensus number one lightweight BJ Penn, as their first-ever “undisputed” WAMMA lightweight champion for his victory over Eddie Alvarez at Fields Dynamite!! 2008.
SHINYA AOKI BECOMES FIRST-EVER WAMMA LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION
While the New Year has yet to arrive in North America, New Year’s celebrations have already begun in other regions of the world. In Japan, the New Year has already been ushered in with its annual tradition of promoting major combat sporting events.
With FEG holding a massive 17-bout show combining fighters from its K-1 kickboxing and DREAM mixed martial arts rosters, the promotion held one of the biggest shows ever with their presentation of “Dynamite!!” at the Saitama Super Arena.
“Dynamite!!” featured the crowning of the second-ever undisputed champion in World Alliance Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) history with Shinya Aoki defeating Eddie Alvarez via heel hook submission at 1:32 of round 1. In the process, Aoki became the first-ever WAMMA lightweight champion.
WAMMA would like to publicly congratulate Shinya Aoki on his historic victory and looks forward to presenting him with his championship belt at a ceremony to be scheduled at a later date.
“Dynamite!! was phenomenal event and quite possibly one of the best New Year’s Eve shows in Japan’s history,” said WAMMA Chief Operating Officer Michael Lynch. “We’re also delighted to have a fighter the caliber of Shinya Aoki representing WAMMA as its lightweight champion. On behalf of WAMMA, we’d like to congratulate Mr. Aoki on his sensational victory.”
WAMMA would also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. The organization is already looking forward to a big 2009 with its recognized undisputed heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko scheduled to defend his WAMMA belt against Andrei Arlovski on January 24 in Anaheim, California during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning.”