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Shinya Aoki: It Is Certain That If I Lose, Japan Will Become A Colony Of US MMA

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That's one way he's looking at his 4/17 Strikeforce fight against Gilbert Melendez. "Japan’s best comes to USA. This is amazing ... my technical side is evidenced by my long career. It is the same as my old fights so it does not need to be discussed. Instead, the most important point is this: ‘If Aoki loses, it is over for Japan. I love Japan and it is certain that if I lose, Japan will become a colony of US MMA. Some [fans] say that USA's MMA is the best but I do not worship U.S. MMA so this is big war to me, just like my fight against [Sengoku champion] Hirota [on New Year’s Eve]. Yes, this is a high risk, high return proposition. If I get the return, I give it to DREAM because I am a son of DREAM. The same as in the New Year's Eve fight I am thinking ‘OK, I kill you!' ... I can risk my life if needs be. I am a warrior.... I am really serious about MMA. So I do not talk about technique now, because this fight is not about technique but about instinct and heart! One tough guy will stand, another tough guy will fall. Everyone, look upon this scene."

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Post #1   4/7/10 9:55:08AM   

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EGO! EGO! EGO! Who the heck does he think he is? Lets all bow to God Shinya! The guy is a Legend in his own mind. Shinya...you are not the Sun. The world doesn't revolve around you.

Post #2   4/7/10 10:40:29AM   

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I think Gilbert will knock him out but maybe I'm thinking too highly of El Nino, but he trains with people that know the rubberguard, but it's like preparing for Machida, nobody is at his level when it comes to the rubberguard. Still I expect Gilbert to get the KO on Shinya's glass chin.

Post #3   4/7/10 11:13:05AM   

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know what else is superior in the US? The fighters ability to hype up a fight.


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It's too bad Aoki is going to get killed by Melendez because I would like for him to win, so he can talk smack to BJ Penn. And then get the beating of a lifetime from him.

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yeah, aoki had the best style ever for a ring and worst style ever for a cage. This will likely not end well, especially since I don't see melendez as necessarrily a top fighter

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It may seem like he's talking nonsense because he's not popular in north america, but he actually really is a massive star over there and what he's saying is not that off the mark. Exaggerated a little maybe, but he's right in saying that if he goes over to the states and gets demolished it could lead to a lot more interest in north american MMA from the Japanese community.

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that's exactly right. there is a lot riding on this fight for him....i'm sure it's a lot of pressure.

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Posted by Aether

It may seem like he's talking nonsense because he's not popular in north america, but he actually really is a massive star over there and what he's saying is not that off the mark. Exaggerated a little maybe, but he's right in saying that if he goes over to the states and gets demolished it could lead to a lot more interest in north american MMA from the Japanese community.



Exactly. He feels like he's representing Japan in this fight, and I'd say he is, at least as far as LW is concerned.

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He's setting up a false referendum on USA v Japan in MMA because Gilbert is not our best fighter. It's popular opinion that the non-UFC circuit of LW's is world class but I really dont think that Aoki, Alvarez, Kawajiri, Hansen, Melendez, Thompson, etc are better than the UFC A- guys like KenFlo, Griffin, Maynard, Edgar, etc.

Aoki should come into UFC and beat some of those guys before he stakes the entire reputation of the 2 countries on this fight. I don't accept his premise.

Post #10   4/7/10 6:04:54PM   

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did he say somewhere that gilbert is our best?
I think he's implying that him losing looks bad for Japan not that him beating gilbert will solidify that Japan is better.

He needs to beat BJ for that

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I thought he came off truthful. I think what he means is that it's put up or shut up time. He is the best that they have to offer and it's a big hit against Japanese MMA if he gets dominated by a B level fighter. I don't think very highly of Aoki, he's a modern day Royce Gracie, he's got a new toy that some don't understand, but he's got a lot to learn about MMA. I seriously doubt that Aoki is going to be a dominant fighter on the US MMA scene.

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aoki is a great fighter but far from the best. in my opinion he's a one dimensional fighter. BJ penn has a better ground game and ten times the stand up and ten times the take down defense as anybody aoki has fought including aoki himself. the best of the USA will smash the best of japan any day. but Melendez is NOT the best of the USA so he still has a chance of getting submitted.

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Post #13   4/8/10 12:09:30PM