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TheArtOfWar
1/13/07 9:07:10PM
What do you think of shinya aoki ?
This was his 2nd fight i could see in shockwave event but he really impress me this time . Hansen is a very good fighter and he could not do anything in this fight, aoki s ground game was simply amazing.
evilslutt
1/13/07 9:35:58PM
I was browsing Sherdog for his background and I can see that his ground and standup are both impressive. Two of his wins were quite unique. One from a standing armlock and another with a gogoplata. Seems like another one to look out for.

I can't seem to get my finger on it. He reminds me of someone but I can't remember the name or maybe he just looks like someone.
HANKtheTANK
1/14/07 10:28:49PM
Aoki was my darkhorse that won me the Pride betting Pool at work!
Everyone thought Hansen would win. But i knew Hansen probably prepares the same way all the time with good confidence in most aspects of his game

However, i had a gut feeling Aoki would pull off something crazy. He seems more methodical in his approach.

He's a young kid too, he'll no doubt be a household (MMA) name soon enough
DoTheMMAth
1/14/07 10:32:48PM
The guy is only 23, the thought that he has all the time in the world to improve is actually quite scary. He's a workhorse too, 9 fights in the last 2 years. Deffinitely someone to keep an eye on.
nate22
1/15/07 9:02:03AM

Posted by TheArtOfWar

What do you think of shinya aoki ?
This was his 2nd fight i could see in shockwave event but he really impress me this time . Hansen is a very good fighter and he could not do anything in this fight, aoki s ground game was simply amazing.



Aoki is certainly one to watch, he still holds Shooto's middleweight title after beating Kikuchi ( A genuine top ten contender) and he went on to beat Jason Black in his first Pride fight, Jason's record also being very impressive and he too is considered a top ten contender by many.

A good win against Hansen and what a great way to showcase his skills to the fans, it will be interesting to see how he fares in the LW tourny later this year.
Savy
1/15/07 11:47:04PM
This guy is great; so slick and alot of fun to watch. The kid has definately got some serious tools on the ground. He'll be taller and longer than most of his opponents which tends to come in handy. I think a power fighter who looks to bang may give him a problem. But he did neutralize a fiery Hansen damn well. I agree, at such a young age, the guy with the rainbow tights is somebody to keep an eye on at that weight.
thepitbull00
1/16/07 12:14:19AM
He seemed very calm for someone that young on a stage as big as Shockwave but he did nothing but impress me. If he can fight the fight his way I think he would give a lot of top guys a run for their money.
Lifer
1/16/07 3:54:31AM
Check out his highlights on youtube. He's a grappling prodigy. His fight with Gomi will be interesting whenever that happens.

Here's links to his Highlights on youtube:


aoki highlights
hippysmacker
1/22/07 11:31:42PM
I think he's a future champ. He just needs to get a little physically stronger and improve his striking power, He's technically sound, but I don't see him knocking a lot of people out if it doesn't go to the ground.
swazymaq
1/30/07 1:58:20PM
The best jujitsu fighter in MMA hands down,
Jeffanori-Gomi
1/30/07 2:24:27PM
His hip strength and flexibility is unreal, Youtube his hl reel its so sick

Good fight would be BJ vs Aoki
thelastking
1/30/07 2:33:25PM
Aoki will be champ in a few years his ground game is amazing
pv3Hpv3p
1/30/07 2:56:17PM
Aoki / Gomi will be a fantastic fight, excellent style matchup... Do you think we'll get to see that one in the LWGP... That'd be a dream final for me.

Goddamn, he's only 23... All LW's beware the wrathh of Shinya Aoki

Anyone got a link to his Clay French fight? I'm dying to see the "flying triangle choke" sounds f**kin awesome.
fedorwins1
1/30/07 7:07:46PM
I beleive that Aoki will be champ in a few yrs. and unquestionably #1 in the world.
nate22
1/30/07 7:11:00PM
It's hard to see how he will reign for a long period with guys like Melendez coming up at the same time. The LW GP is a really exciting prospect for this year, cannot wait.
Mr_Evans
1/31/07 4:51:15AM
I think the term "prodigy" would apply well to Shinya Aoki. His ground wizardy is simply astonishing. as someone stated earlier, he is very methodical in his approach in the same fashion as Fedor.

With that said, his ability to stand and trade is obviously lacking given the time and attention given to his submission skills.

His submission game is at the upper echelon of MMA fighters, now all he needs to do is bring up the other attributes to an above average level or higher, and I see him upsetting Gomi in a more spectacular fashion than what Aurelio did the first time.
hippysmacker
1/31/07 5:25:30AM
I agree. I think Melendez or Aoki will beat him this year, which will only make Gomi come back stronger. I would dig a Penn vs Aoki. Ground wizardry at it's best.
--Hinch--
1/31/07 5:26:25AM

Posted by Mr_Evans

I think the term "prodigy" would apply well to Shinya Aoki. His ground wizardy is simply astonishing. as someone stated earlier, he is very methodical in his approach in the same fashion as Fedor.

With that said, his ability to stand and trade is obviously lacking given the time and attention given to his submission skills.

His submission game is at the upper echelon of MMA fighters, now all he needs to do is bring up the other attributes to an above average level or higher, and I see him upsetting Gomi in a more spectacular fashion than what Aurelio did the first time.



I have Shinya as the next lightweight champion. The problem is, he really needs to adapt his standup.

He has gotten far due to his ground game, but he can't live on it forever.

I think Jacare will do to the middleweight division, what Aoki is currently doing to the lightweights.
amik
1/31/07 8:25:07AM
future champ without doubt.

If he improves his stand up will be able to be soon a champion.

D-Boy
1/31/07 9:15:25AM
He's a beast, he's very good off his back which is bad for a lot of people. I think he needs a few years before he will be good enough to win the title but I can definately see it happening unless another fighter like him emerges.
Vudu_Apostle
2/17/07 9:16:03PM
Shinya Aoki is young and needs time to become well-rounded but I think he is still a top talent at lightweight in PRIDE. I would like to see him face Ishida, that would give him tons of recognition.
xthe_scottx
2/17/07 9:30:50PM
I'm a big fan of Aoki. He has a great ground game and I still think about that gogoplata he submitted Hansen with. If he put on a little muscle and improved his striking, he could possibly be the best welterweight in the world. He should also ditch those skin tight pants.
JimiMak
2/17/07 10:01:29PM

Posted by nate22

It's hard to see how he will reign for a long period with guys like Melendez coming up at the same time. The LW GP is a really exciting prospect for this year, cannot wait.



Couldn't agree more. No matter how good anyone looks, this is the most competitive division in mma, IMO, noone in any promotion will "reign supreme" for any long period. It's just way to competitive. LWGP will definitely be the thing to watch this year.
Snacks
2/17/07 10:49:56PM
You're all a bit late to get on the Aoki bandwagon...
loller90278
2/18/07 12:59:40PM
i jumped on the first time he fought kikuchi wearin that pink shirrrrttttttt

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