Shinya Aoki: "I think I am the better fighter and capable of beating' UFC lightweights"

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ThaAxeMurderer7
10/4/09 9:49:17PM
“I am not concerned about my opponent. It does not matter who I face — as long as I let my style shine and fully express myself in the ring, everything will be fine. Yes, I want a belt. Actually, let me rephrase that: I just want to win and do not want to lose. For every fight, it simply boils down to my wanting to win, or rather, my dogged determination to win. The belt will follow my victory, so I am focused solely on winning and do not allow myself to be distracted by belt or all the other frivolous stuff…. I am interested in fighting in a cage since a lot of the major promotions hold their fights in the cage nowadays. I am aware that some people raise the question about my viability in the cage — it upsets me whenever I hear them say that I will not succeed fighting in the cage under a different set of rules. I think I will not be beaten by anyone. It is often said that UFC is the pre-eminent force in the MMA world with the best fighters and BJ Penn is number one: (Raising his voice) It does not anger me, but it makes me want to challenge the assertion. I acknowledge their major league status, financial power, the caliber of their fighters, but I do not consider them the number one. I think I am the better fighter and capable of beating their fighters… so yeah, regardless of the opponent, I cannot afford to lose.”

Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard Shiny Aoki is reluctant to elaborate on his impression of his upcoming opponent, DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen, at DREAM 11 on Oct. 6. Aoki, however, is not as shy when it comes to talking about caged competition in the west.

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Wallass
10/4/09 9:53:44PM
I think we all know Aoki has what it takes to take out quite a few of the UFC Lightweights but I don't know about BJ. Id say hed have a tough time with BJ, Gray and Sanchez but would love to see him in the UFC. Cant wait for him vs Hellboy!!!
kopower
10/4/09 9:59:22PM
Yeah, Bj would run through him along with a few others in the UFC.
Nightmare27
10/4/09 10:32:33PM
I would be interested to see Aoki's guard game without the tights. Its often been debated how big of an advantage they give him. If he fights in the US he's in for a change of attire. I would be excited to see how he would do.
postman
10/4/09 10:41:18PM

Posted by Nightmare27

I would be interested to see Aoki's guard game without the tights. Its often been debated how big of an advantage they give him. If he fights in the US he's in for a change of attire. I would be excited to see how he would do.



Is it a rule he couldn't wear the tights? I don't think he would be bad in the UFC but BJ would kill him,
xdanish020
10/4/09 11:31:00PM
BJ would beat that ass.
hotrodttt
10/4/09 11:39:26PM
Yeah Aoki has the style to potentially beat everybody he faces besides B.j, He's the only fighter that can match Aoki's dynamic style of grappling. Diego would also be able to beat him as he has good sub defense and an overwelming style that Aoki would have trouble with. Ken-Flo is another bad match up for him aswell but I can see Aoki beating everybody else in the ufc lw division.
Aaronno9
10/4/09 11:43:31PM
I could see BJ and Diego smashing him within the first round. BJ just keeping him at bay with the jab and eventually getting the TKO, and Sanchez overwhelming him early and finishing him on the ground before Shinya was able to lock anything up. Kenny Florian would be interesting, if he stuck to the right gameplan, I think hes good enough on the feet to stop Shinya getting a hold of him and dragging it to the matt. Nate Diaz would also pose a very interesting match up.

Other than that, I think Shinya would be the favourite going into most other fights.
Twenty20Dollars
10/5/09 12:08:49AM
Well he needs to step up and prove it.
bjj1605
10/5/09 12:27:18AM
I think he'd be competitive in the UFC but not a top dog. That could change depending on his future performances though.

BJ would maul him standing and Aoki can't take him down. Even if he did I'm not sure he's a better grappler than BJ.

Sanchez might be interesting. He could also probably keep it standing and maybe win a decision but Aoki might be able to submit him as well.

Kenny couldn't hang with him on the ground but again I'm not sure Aoki could get it there.

Tyson Griffin, Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and Frankie Edgar are all up in the air. They can all out wrestle him and probably out strike him. They all also have good sub defense. That said if he could get them down he could probably finish the fight.

So IMO what he needs is some better takedowns. His success would hinge on his ability to get fights down. He can always keep improving his striking but his strength lies with submissions. As he is now I see him being middle of the pack at best. Maybe TOP 5 or 6.

PS. I think he would destroy any of the UFC LW's not mentioned.
xtra_chewy
10/5/09 2:33:23AM

Posted by Aaronno9

I could see BJ and Diego smashing him within the first round. BJ just keeping him at bay with the jab and eventually getting the TKO, and Sanchez overwhelming him early and finishing him on the ground before Shinya was able to lock anything up. Kenny Florian would be interesting, if he stuck to the right gameplan, I think hes good enough on the feet to stop Shinya getting a hold of him and dragging it to the matt. Nate Diaz would also pose a very interesting match up.

Other than that, I think Shinya would be the favourite going into most other fights.



I think Aoki/Diaz would be an awsome match-up!
Sinister
10/5/09 4:06:14AM
I think his ranking is overrated. Some people put him in the top 5. He is good but he def wouldnt walk through the UFC's LW division
Sinister
10/5/09 4:07:32AM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Well he needs to step up and prove it.



I doubt it will ever happen. He makes way more money if he stays in Japan. Maybe if the UFC expands to Japan quicker, it is a possibility.
Jesse_Canadian_MMA
10/5/09 9:18:31AM
Id have to say Penn would wreck him, along with Florian, Sherk, Maynard, Griffin, etc

I think Aoki 1st fight in the UFC if it ever happens should be against Nate Diaz, I think that is a good starter fight
Rush
10/5/09 11:41:06AM
I am tired of this type of rhetoric from fighters. It's even worse when it involves fighters that have made no effort to cross lines to another org to actually walk the walk. Do your talking in the ring and save us this BS.
KaibaThedon
10/5/09 3:55:12PM
Come on, we're arguing about a guy who called out JOE DADDY STEVENSON.

Now Joe Daddy is a good fighter, but he losses to top tier fighters, the same thing would happen to Aoki.

BJ - Well BJ would smash him, KO him out box him or whatever...

Nightmare - Outstrike him for sure. His wrestling and sub defense are good enough to stay out of trouble on the ground.

Kenny - Striking would destroy Aoki before the fight hits the ground. Kenny has been submitted once and has outstanding BJJ.

Answer/Bully/Muscle Shark and Tyson G - really good wrestlers with good sub defense... will be able to outstrike on the feet
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