4/18/2010 10:46pm, #41
4/19/2010 12:38am, #42
I think the reason japanese fighters dont work it in the UFC apart from size is that they simply dont come from the kinds of camps that the americans do. look at who melendez was traning with- who was in aokis camp? i dont mean good trainers, i mean good sparring partners. hes too much of a prick and has too much pride.
4/19/2010 1:30am, #43
I don't think Aoki was very well accustomed to grappling in a cage. Of course he was as unsuccessful in the middle too, but when he had full guard I think he was always his back against the cage. Hedidn't really seem to know how to deal with the immobility that it brings.Curiosity killed the cat. But damn it had a blast.
4/19/2010 1:36am, #44
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4/19/2010 2:40am, #45
i dunno, i think the cage did cause him some problems. he didn't do anything that i'm used to seeing cage fighters do when pinned in the corner. maybe that's just his style, but i have an idea that he may be fooling himself when he says that the cage is no different and he doesn't need to train with one.
besides that, he's an incomplete fighter. his striking isn't good enough, his shots aren't good enough, and he can't use striking to set up his shots or the reverse. he doesn't even have good ground and pound. i can't think of anyone who competes at this level who has such a limited range of skills.
he has the potential to be awesome. i'd like to see him improve.
4/19/2010 7:07am, #46
Agree'd Danno, but it's nice to see him fight, I enjoy watching most of his fights.
As for Shinya's response ... gotta say, fairly classy and its nice to see!
4/19/2010 7:36am, #47
This was yet another recent MMA show where BJJ guard work seemed to fail.
Good striking + wrestling and sub defence seems to tromp the BJJ guard 9 times out of 10 these days.
4/19/2010 7:48am, #48
The cage had nothing to do with the loss.
Aoki was outclassed and outmuscled.
I think this should stop all talk of Aoki fighting Penn, he would get destroyed (Penns even larger than Melendes).
As much as i love watching Aoki its pretty apparent that he's a World Class grappler but certainly not a World Class MMA fighter.
4/19/2010 8:01am, #49
His loss had nothing to with his size. Aoki has fought at WW and is not a small LW.
He lost because he sucks on the feet.
4/19/2010 8:09am, #50
There's also the theory that Aoki losses his power when he's not wearing his multicoloured tights.