On December 31, 2008 Charles Barkley was arrested for DUI while in search of a booty call, the housing market was sagging like Meg Ryan's breasts, DMX began serving his um-teenth prison term, and the First Family was making final preps for their White House move.
And me, I imagine I was ushering in the new year by downing massive amounts of Four Loko, because it was still legal then.
Meanwhile, in Saitama, Japan, Shinya Aoki was wrenching Eddie Alvarez's ankle in a WAMMA Lightweight Title bout at FEG's "Dynamite 2008". The always flashy Aoki caught Alvarez in a heel hook in round one.
Fast forward almost three years, and new word is out that an Aoki-Alvarez Part Deux is in the works for early 2012. This time, the action will take place on American soil under the auspices of Bellator Fighting Championships.
The news could be a direct product of the assumed network of alliances among major mixed martial arts promotions Golden Glory, BAMMA, Bellator, and Dream.
While we wait for more formal announcements on the proposed Aoki-Alvarez rematch, let us reflect on the neon tights-bearing submission artistry of Shinya Aoki...