The “Tobikan Judan”, or Grandmaster of Flying Submissions, did not wish to discuss his recent schoolgirl turn in a Harlem Shake video, but did say he considers his teammate, who was knocked out by next opponent Kotetsu Boku, to be better than him
Colourful, ruthless, with revenge on his mind.
That he has such a reputation is probably why Shinya Aoki is turning reticent ahead of his ONE Fighting Championship Lightweight title fight in a month’s time.
“I don’t want to talk about that” – Aoki’s default answer when he met with the media yesterday at the Evolve MMA gym at Far East Square. Be it about himself or opponents, he was not willing to elaborate much through his interpreter.
The well-known Japanese fighter recently emerged as the number one contender for Kotetsu “No Face” Boku’s belt and will take on his compatriot at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 5 April. Boku (20-7-2) had won the belt after upsetting Aoki’s teammate Zorobabel Moreira in October.
“Of course I do have a feeling of avenging [Moreira]. But I would like to concentrate on the fight itself,” Aoki (32-6-1) said.
Given they are both Lightweight fighters and train at Evolve, it is no wonder Aoki feels for Moreira.
To him, Moreira’s loss was a fluke.
“Boku is really strong and a very good fighter, but I want to fight back [for Moreira].”
Aoki, widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound Asian fighter in the sport, considers Moreira his role model and the best Lightweight in Evolve – yes, better than himself.
So does that mean if the Brazilian had won October’s bout, he would be a tougher opponent for Aoki?
“I can’t even imagine or compare them. There’s no way I’ll fight Zoro. He’s not an enemy. We’re in the same team,” Aoki brushed off the scenario.
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