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If you watch MMA and haven’t heard of Shinya Aoki then firstly shame on you and secondly you have clearly have been living under a rock for the last four years. Shinya Aoki is a Japanese mixed martial artist, grappler, and former police trainee who is noted for being the DREAM Lightweight Champion, ONE FC Lightweight Champion, former WAMMA Lightweight Champion and former Shooto Welterweight Champion. He is a black belt in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and his submissions are technical and awesome.

All of his fights under the DREAM banner are listed below. Also a video of all of his fights edited together into a two and a half hour video is at the bottom of the post.

Shinya Aoki Dream Fights

Gesias Cavalcante – Dream 1

Gesias Cavalcante – Dream 2

Katsuhiko Nagata – Dream 4

Caol Uno – Dream 5

Joachim Hansen – Dream 5

Todd Moore – Dream 6

Eddie Alvarez – Dynamite!! 2008

David Gardner (Hello Japan) – Dream 7

Hayato Sakurai – Dream 8

Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro – Dream 10

Joachim Hansen – Dream 11

Mizuto Hirota – Dynamite!! 2009

Tatsuya Kawajiri – Dream 15

Marcus Aurélio – Dream 16

Rich Clementi – Dream Fight For Japan

Rob McCullough – Dream 17

Antonio McKee – Dream 18

TV show E:60 gets a rare look at the training regimen of UFC superstar Georges St-Pierre. It also explores how St. Pierre was bullied as a child which was the catalyst that caused him to take up martial arts and eventually find his way into Mixed Martial Arts after watching Royce Gracie win UFC 1 as a teenager.

I’m so glad ONE FC has started up and filled the void left when Zuffa shut Pride FC down. One particular type of fight that Pride was famous for was the freak show fight. These matches blurred the line between combat sport and spectacle. Well now ONE FC is here to give us some much needed old school pride action.

Like Pride knees to the head and soccer kicks to downed opponents are allowed.

The 350lb Bob “The Beast” Sapp took on Former UFC fighter and third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rolles Gracie in a super-heavyweight fight.

Here are the pre-fight interviews with both fighters.

And now the actual fight itself. I feel quite sure Bob may have over promised what he was going to deliver.

Rolles Gracie vs Bob Sapp

This was a classic striker vs grappler matchup. It was a nice single leg that Gracie took Sapp down with, though he should have thrown a jab to disguise it. He almost got kneed full on in the face.

I was really surprised Gracie went for some ground and pound instead of trying an armbar. Looks like he has decided to start rounding himself out as a fighter. Was this the first time a Gracie has knocked out an opponent since Renzo Gracie upkicked Oleg Taktarov? Let me know in the comments. Note I am aware Sapp tapped out but the ref was about to pull Gracie off him anyway so I am counting it as a TKO victory.

And finally my god how hot are the ONE FC ring girls compared the The UFC (except Brittany Palmer of course).
Rolles Gracie vs Bob Sapp

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Thank you for reading. Cheers!

Happy New Year! I will soon be getting back to regular posts here on My MMA Training but we still have a few best of 2011 posts left, up next is Comeback of the Year. Comebacks are what makes the sport of Mixed Martial Arts so fantastic. Watching a fighter snatch victory from the jaws of defeat creates an excitement in fans that is unrivalled in other forms of entertainment.

My comeback of the year award goes to Diego Brandao for his The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale match against Dennis Bermudez. Featherweights really know how to put on an exciting fights and this match was no exception.

Diego Brandao was in control of the fight until Bermudez landed a short right hand that changed proceedings completely. In the blink of an eye Brandao was dazed, flat on his back and desperately trying to survive. Suddenly just when it looked like Bermudez had taken the round and quite possible the fight the Brazilian slapped on a fantastic armbar from guard that won him the fight.

Diego BrandaoBermudez left his left arm open and extended, Brandao grabbed on and the rest is history as they say. At 4:51 of the first round, Brandao submitted Bermudez with an armbar to become the Season 14 featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter – in arguably the greatest single round in TUF Finale history.

Brandao reportedly wanted to win The Ultimate Fighter to provide a better life for his family in Brazil. The $80,000 in bonus money alone should give him a great head start (not to mention the legions of new fans he will now have after demonstrating how much heart he has).

Who got your pick for comeback of the year? Leave me a comment and let me know in the replies. As always thanks for reading.

Knockout of the Year 2011

by Brendan

Firstly Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of you, I hope you got everything you wanted and spent some quality time with friends and loved one’s while eating far too much food and watching a lot of TV. I certainly did, I should probably go for a run but first I need to give […]

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Submission Of The Year 2011

by Brendan

We have been treated to a lot of amazing submissions in 2011 but this one really stood out for me. No before you ask it wasn’t a submission in the UFC, or Strikeforce, Dream, even Bellator. It happened in BAMMA right here in the United Kingdom. Danny Mitchell’s flying triangle on Dean Amasinger is my […]

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Jones Vs Machida UFC 140 Breakdown

by Brendan

If you have been reading this site for a while you will remember that I predicted Lyoto Machida would give Jon Jones his toughest test to date and I wasn’t wrong when the two finally met at UFC 140. But as we all know what sets true champions apart from the rest is how they […]

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Terry Etim Vs Edward Faaloloto

by Brendan

On Saturday 5th November Terry Etim put in just 17 seconds of work at UFC 138. Etim blew through Edward Faaloloto in Birmingham, England with a submission victory that earned the liverpudlian (meaning he’s from Liverpool, England if you are from the US) the Submission of the Night bonus worth a cool $70,000. Etim came […]

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Jon Jones Looks Untouchable

by Brendan

As I sat watching UFC 135 last weekend one thing became thoroughly apparent to me: Jon Jones looked invincible when he was fighting Quinton (Rampage) Jackson. With his diverse range of striking including spinning back fists, spinning back elbows and Steven Segal esq front kicks. Not to mention his submission grappling and his Greco-Roman wrestling […]

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Shinya Aoki vs Rob McCullough Fight Video

by Brendan

The full MMA Fight Video of Shinya Aoki vs Rob McCullough in the Main Event Dream Lightweight Bout in Saitama, Japan, on September 24th, 2011. Shinya Aoki made short work of challenger Rob McCullough in the main event of Dream 17, winning by a neck crank submission late in the first round. It was Aoki’s […]

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