Shinya Aoki Is The Real Deal

Shinya Aoki was not an unknown coming into 2008, but 2008 was his year.  He exploded onto the scene during the DREAM lightweight grand prix.  Two stars emerged from that tournament: Shinya Aoki and Eddie Alvarez.  The two earned their way to the lightweight grand prix finals, but an injury forced Alvarez to withdraw.  Joachim Hansen stepped in and defeated Aoki for the DREAM lightweight title.  However, the finals bout that should have been and that everyone wanted was Aoki vs. Alvarez.  K-1 Dynamite saw that fight take place.  Most people expected Alvarez to dominate.  The bloggers and expertc figured Alvarez’s stand up, strength, size, and all around ability would be the difference. 

I hope that you have watched the video.  If not it is posted below in the previous blog entry.  I believe this fight showed us several things about Aoki.

1. He is the number 2 lightweight in the world behind B.J. Penn.  Right now there is very little debate on that.  He just beat a tough dude in Eddie Alvarez.

2. Shinya Aoki may be the craftiest MMA fighter as far as submissions go.  He sat down and crab walked to Alvarez looking for a leg to take him down.  Then he locked in that heel hook and didn’t let go.  And who can forget the “Aokiplata” he put on Nagata.  He is crafty.  If he develops his striking he may become the best. 

3. Anyone want to see Aoki in the cage against some of the best in the UFC?  How would he do against a Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian, Joe Stevenson or Gray Maynard? 

What is next for Aoki?  Time will tell, but I have a feeling he has to be considered for a shot at the DREAM lightweight belt.   A move to the U.S. could happen, which is what I am hoping for.  Here is why:  He is the number 2 lightweight in the world.  There are still several interesting matches he could have in Japan.  He could fight Gomi, a rubebr match with Hansen, or fight Kawajiri.  However, the options are limited.  He could reall become a star in the U.S.  He ought to put himself in there against some fresh meat. 

Anyways, Shinya Aoki proved he is no fluke, but he is the real deal.

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Eddie Alvarez vs Shinya Aoki Fight Video

The video from the Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki Fight at January 31st’s K-1 Dynamite card. It is well worth the watch.

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K-1 Fields Dynamite!! Results

Quick Results:

  • Gesians Cavalcante vs. Joachim Hansen Cancelled (see below)
  • Shinya Aoki def. Eddie Alvarez by Heel Hook in Round 1 (1:32)
  • Mirko Cro Cop def. Hong Man Choi by TKO in Round 1
  • Kiyoshi Tamura def. Kazushi Sakuraba by Unanimous Decision
  • Hayato “Mach” Sakurai def. Katsuyori Shiabata by TKO in Round 1
  • Daisuke Nakamura def. Hideo Tokoro by Armbar in Round 1
  • Bob Sapp def. Akihito Tanaka by TKO in round 1
  • Melvin Manhoef def. Mark Hunt by TKO in round 1 (:18)
  • Semmy Schilt def. Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga by Triangle Choke Round 1
  • Ikuhisa Minowa def. Errol Zimmerman

Notes:

  • The Joachim Hansen vs. Gesias Cavalcante bout was cancelled because of an apparent failed medical test by Joachim Hansen with a possible head injury of some type.  For more info check out Sherdog.com’s Article on The Cancellation
  • Gegard Mousasi, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Alistair Overeem all won their respective K-1 rules bouts.

My K-1 Fields Dyanamite!! Predictions

Joachim Hansen vs. Gesias Cavalcante

This is a re-match in which Hansen won a close deicision, but many felt Cavalcante should have won.  This is a great match up between two really good lightweights.  Most likely the winner is a consensus top 10 whereas the loser is just outside the top 10.  These guys are evenly matched, but I have to think JZ will pull out the decision here.

Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez

This fight is for the WAMMA lightweight title.  That is dumb because neither guy is the number 1 lightweight in the world.  The number 1 guys is B.J. Penn.  Aoki is my #3 and Alvarez is my #2.  This is the fight that should have been the DREAM lightweight grand prix final.  Aoki has incredible submission skills, but Alvarez has great striking and is very strong.  I think Alvarez will be too strong for Aoki and will win by TKO in round 1.

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

For old times sake.  Sakuraba by decision.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Hong Man Choi

Hong Man Choi is 7 foot tall plus some.  That will be a problem for Cro Cop.  Can his head kick reach Choi?  The body kicks will do just fine.  I think Cro Cop wins this fight in round 1 by TKO and we will see him back in the UFC. 

Mark Hunt vs. Melvin Manhoef

Manhoef takes this fight on one days notice replacing Jerome LeBanner who caught the flu.  Manhoef has had a wild year.  He has retired and come out of retirement.  Now he fights a much heavier Mark Hunt.  I think Manhoef has good enough striking to still win this fight.  It will be tough for him though.

Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Semmy Schilt vs. Mighty Mo Silaga

Daisuke Nakamura vs. Hideo Tokoro

Some interesting bouts under K-1 rules featuring Alistair Overeem, Gegard Mousasi, and Tatsuya Kawajiri

MMABlog’s Lightweight MMA Rankings

Rank

Name

Organization

Next Fight

1

B.J. Penn

UFC

St. Pierre (#1 WW) 1/31

2

Takanori Gomi

World Victory Road

Golyaev (NR), 11/1

3

Shinya Aoki

DREAM

 

4

Eddie Alvarez

EliteXC?

 

5

Sean Sherk

UFC

T. Griffin (#15), 9/25

6

Mitsuhiro Ishida

DREAM/Strikeforce

 

7

Tatsuya Kawajiri

DREAM

 

8

Kenny Florian

UFC

Stevenson (#10), 11/15

9

Josh Thomson

Strikeforce

Edwards (NR), 11/21

10

Joe Stevenson

UFC

Florian (#8), 11/15

11

Gesias Calvancante

DREAM

 

12

Joachim Hansen

DREAM

 

13

Gilbert Melendez

Strikeforce

 

14

Jamie Varner

WEC

 

15

Tyson Griffin

UFC

Sherk (#5), 9/25

16

Roger Huerta

UFC

 

17

Gray Maynard

UFC

Clementi (NR), 9/25

18

Frank Edgar

UFC

Wiman (NR), 12/10

19

Vitor Ribeiro

 

 

20

Nate Diaz

UFC

 

21

K.J. Noons

EliteXC?

 

22

Joe Lauzon

UFC

 

23

Nick Diaz

EliteXC

 

24

Spencer Fisher

UFC

Gugerty (NR), 9/25

25

Caol Uno

DREAM

 

 

Others Considered: Clay Guida, Hermes Franca, Marcus Aurelio, Jim Miller, Jorge Masvidal , Rich Clementi, Matt Wiman, and Mac Danzig.

DREAM 6 Quick Results

Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals:

  • Gegard Mousasi def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (triangle choke) — Round 1, 1:28
  • Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Zelg Galesic via submission (arm-bar) — Round 1, 1:27
  • Middleweight Grand Prix Finals:

  • Gegard Mousasi def. Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza via KO (upkick) — Round 1, 2:15
  • Non-Tournament Bouts:

  • Alistair Overeem vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic ruled a no-contest due to knees to the groin
  • Shinya Aoki def. Todd Moore via submission (neck crank) – Round 1
  • Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Masanori Tonooka via submission (arm-bar) – Round 1
  • Hayato “Mach” Sakurai def. Kuniyoshi Hironaka via unanimous decision
  • Sergei Kharitonov def. Jimmy Ambriz via submission (strikes) – Round 1
  • Masakatsu Funaki def. Ikuhisa Minowa via submission (heel hook) – Round 1
  • Atsushi Yamamoto def. Hideo Tokoro via unanimous decision  
  • Keita Nakamura def. Adriano Martins via split decision
  • Andrews Nakahara def. Dong Sik Yoon via TKO (strikes) — Round 2
  • Best Non-UFC Fighters

    Here are the best non-UFC fighters.  This shows where the UFC is stacked and where they lack.  There competition is mainly in Affliction at heavyweight and DREAM at lightweight.  Here are the best non-UFC guys that the UFC should look to sign if possible. 

    Rank

    Heavyweight

    Light Heavy

    Middleweight

    Welterweight

    Lightweight

    1

    Fedor Emelianenko

    Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

    Paulo Filho

    Jake Shields

    Takanori Gomi

    2

    Andrei Arlovski

    Ricardo Arona

    Matt Lindland

    Carlos Condit

    Shinya Aoki

    3

    Josh Barnett

    Rafael Feijao

    Robbie Lawler

    Jay Hieron

    JZ Calvancante

    4

    Tim Sylvia

    Vladimir Matyushenko

    Kazuo Misaki

    Nick Thompson

    Eddie Alvarez

    5

    Ben Rothwell

    Babalu Sobral

    Gegard Mousasi

    Mach Sakurai

    Mitsuhiro Ishida

    6

    Mirko Cro Cop

    Tito Ortiz

    Vitor Belfort

    Mike Pyle

    Joachim Hansen

    7

    Roy Nelson

    Steve Cantwell

     “Jacare” de Sousa

     

    Tatsuya Kawajiri

    8

    Aleks Emelianenko

    Brian Stann

    Jason Miller

     

    Josh Thomson

    9

    Antonio Silva

     

    Melvin Manhoef

     

    Gilbert Melendez

    10

    Alistair Overeem

     

    Murilio Rua

     

    Vitor Ribeiro

    11

     

     

    Cung Le

     

    Jamie Varner

    12

     

     

    Denis Kang

     

    Ryan Schultz

    13

     

     

    Joey Villasenor

     

    KJ Noons

    14

     

     

    Frank Shamrock

     

    Nick Diaz

    15

     

     

    Yoshihiro Akiyama

     

    Caol Uno

    16

     

     

    Jorge Santiago

     

     

    17

     

     

    Chael Sonnen