18 submission (23%)
7 decision (61.7%)
2 decision (100%)
Shinya Aoki In The News
Shinya Aoki Profile
Although the UFC and their supplicants in the media have consistently tried to downplay the talent and accomplishments of Shinya Aoki, he remains one of the best lightweights in the world. Until his loss to Gilbert Melendez he was considered by most objective observers as the best in the world at the weight. Even 'Zuffa Zombies' and their media proxies reluctantly concede that Aoki is the best submission specialist in the world—his submissions in terms of skill and creativity are just on another level from every other MMA fighter in the world.
Aoki spent the early part of his career competing in Japan where he began in Shooto and DEEP and became a mainstay in PRIDE and later DREAM. He started competing in Strikeforce due to their talent exchange deal with the Japanese promotion, which is where he was defeated by Melendez. He's been trying to get a rematch against Melendez, but the Strikeforce champion has wanted no part of another fight with Aoki. Unlike may of the UFC's fighters who fight only once or twice a year against mediocre opponents, Aoki has always been a 'fighting champion' taking on all comers and fighting many more fights than almost anyone in the sport. In 2008, for example, Aoki fought 7 times. He's fought five times since his loss to Melendez compiling a perfect 5-0 record with four victories coming by submission.
Aoki is a former police officer, and one of the more entertaining and charismatic competitors in the sport. In addition to being an accomplished MMA competitor Aoki has an impressive technical resume as well. Aoki has a black belt in judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.