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Sengoku Press Conference Part 1: Aoki Statement

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World Victory Road held a press conference in Japan today to talk the future of SRC and post-Dynamite!! fallout, which not surprisingly focused on "Stone Cold" Shinya Aoki and his post-fight actions against Mizuto Hirota. The official statement from WVR notes that WVR acknowledges Aoki as the top Japanese lightweight and has no contention regarding how the fight unfolded from beginning to end. Nonetheless, it claims that Aoki's post-fight behavior ruined the plum opportunity to elevate the status of mixed martial arts with broadcast on network TV during the prime TV slot of the year.
Invoking SRC's membership in the newly founded Japanese Martial Arts Foundation, the statement claimed that, if a fighter signed to a promotion under the umbrella organization engaged in a similar behavior, he would have his fighter license revoked or receive equally harsh punishment. It also reiterated that, while Aoki has issued a standard apology during the post-fight interviews, his words hardly convey any remorse. In fact, some of his comments, such as the one about "following through with (DREAM event producer) Sasahara's order to kill him" contradict his claim about feeling sorry. WVR also demanded that DREAM and any other culpable party to go beyond "stern warning" and other perfunctory measures to atone for Aoki's conduct.
The statement concluded with a remark about the expectation for MMA fighters to be polite, genteel human beings, rather than a bunch of ruffians - an absolutely vital step in Japanese Martial Arts Foundation's ongoing effort to establish MMA as a true sport and someday elevate it to the status of Olympic sport.

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Post #1   1/7/10 10:28:03AM   

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Sounds like some feelings were hurt.

Post #2   1/7/10 12:58:59PM   

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If he had done that in america it wouldent have been a problem.

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If it wasn't Aoki doing it there probably wouldn't be much of a fuss period. But Aoki is probably the biggest Japanese name in MMA right now both in and out of the ring, so this is a very big deal over there-over here it would be something like Brock Lesnar at UFC 100.

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Posted by bustin_mma

If he had done that in america it wouldent have been a problem.



So, if GSP does the same exact thing to Hardy when they fight, it won't be a big deal right? I couldn't disagree more.

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Posted by bustin_mma

If he had done that in america it wouldent have been a problem.



Which in itself is a problem, if it were true.

The guy broke someone's arm then acted like a school yard bully - totally disrespectful.

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Posted by bustin_mma

If he had done that in america it wouldent have been a problem.



Not only did they cheer but not one person boo'd him even as he flicked them off.

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I just want to remind everyone that these guys have a lot going on after a fight. There's a cocktail of hormones: adrenaline, endorphins... ect. We ask a lot from fighters. These guys are expected to be vicious enough to get into a cage/ring and break someones arm or knock them unconscious. At the same time they are supposed to have the control over their emotions to hug the man that was just trying to hurt them, only moments after the fight ends.

A lot of fighters do this very well. Other's (Steve Cantwell) might mess up but then apologize for it later. The only problem I have with Aoki is that he didn't sound sincere when he apologized. In the heat of the moment he could mess up. Several days later when he's had time to think about it, I'd expect him to feel kinda bad.

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WVR and Dream asked for this. You put your best agianst my best and there isn't going to be high emotions? Not to mention the guy didn't tap, I get iritated when someone clearly needs to tap but won't. Its not that big of a deal. Sure it was disrespectful but we are big boys if people don't like it then they won't support Aoki in the future.


Keeping your biggest star from fighting is a bad idea too, he will be on the first flight to the states for sure.

As to the part about the olympics Kurt Angle Mark Hunt gold medals WWE get my point?

Post #9   1/7/10 4:45:39PM