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We might get some jitz in the Aoki / Fancy Pants fight

Shinya Aoki fighting in America is something we were all pretty excited for. But that was before Gilbert Melendez laid out a boring but effective blueprint for beating the Japanese jiu jitsu ace: keep your distance, fwack him when he tries to take you down. Rinse and repeat for 15 – 25 minutes and claim your decision victory. You can’t blame a fighter for fighting smart, but you can feel kinda resentful about it. It takes one of the most creative and dynamic grapplers in the sport and reduces him to a butt-scooting joke.

Fortunately for us, it sounds like Aoki’s next opponent Lyle Beerbohm may actually be willing to go to the ground with him:

“I don’t think my sprawl-and-brawl is up to par,” said Beerbohm. “In MMA, if someone really wants a takedown and they commit to it, I think they usually get it. Unless, I guess, you have some super good sprawl-and-brawl, like Gilbert Melendez did. He really shut him down. But I’m not that type of fighter. I definitely have to be aware of his tricky submissions, but I have to kind of fight him a little bit different. I don’t want to be on my back with him, so I have to push the pace and either get on top of him or beat him up against the cage.”

“I like to go to the ground, and he’s one of the best grapplers in the world at lightweight. I think it should be an exciting fight, and I’m not afraid to go to the ground with him. I’m really not. He might think that no one wants to go there with him, but we’ll see what happens when we get there.”

Let’s not get too excited yet though. We live in the days of fighters constantly lying about their gameplans – I’m looking in your direction, Anthony ‘Rassle’ Johnson. It doesn’t take a master tactician to see where this fight is most easily won, and where it’s one hammerlock away from disaster. But am I the only one who thinks a back and forth on the ground with Aoki is better for Beerbohm’s career even if it ends up losing him the fight? Or is that my intense need for some of that sweet jitz crack clouding my reason?

Maybe Mister Former Addict who’s new drug is MMA feels the same way. Sure, weed is fun and safe (unless you’re Diego Sanchez) but half the fun in heroin is how it can totally kill you. When you look at risk like that, messing with Aoki on the ground sounds like the kind of thing Lyle might be into. I just hope he isn’t being a liar liar, fancy pants on fire.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    fancy pants just needs to elbow him in Aoki’s Achilles shoulder


  • Letibleu says:

    Aoki went to 6 decisions in 32 fights win or lose. Beerbong went to 2 decisions in 17 fights. 8 decisions in 49 combined fights (roughly 15%). Melendez is close to 50% decisions. Should be an exciting one this time.

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    This should be fun or it may end very quickly, both of these guys are fairly one dimensional in the same facet of the game and it will be nice to see who is better.


    Wonder how Aoki will bounce back after getting knocked out by a cross dresser on new years day.

    If that sentence ever stops being funny to me I want to be killed.



  • glassjawsh says:

    anyone retarded enough to go to the ground with aoki is going to get subbed out in the first round

  • unclefesterdanawhite says:

    I didn’t watch Dynamite 2010. Though I did the Round 2 Clip where Aoki got quickly KTFO’d. Was Aoki super tired and/or disoriented from the K-1 portion prior to the MMA portion? I can’t imagine why else he would just stupidly leave himself that vulnerable to getting flying knee KO’d right at the bell like that? I know Aoki is a little bitch but he’s smart enough not to get brutally owned by strikers like that. I love seeing Aoki get knocked out though. It’s great.

  • Symbul says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Any sane fighter would rather box with Aoki than grapple with him.

  • CAP says:

    fester: If you have any interest in that fight you should watch it. the first round turned pretty bizarre with Aoki throwing out flying drop kicks, seriously.

    Then round 2 happened and made it all better!

    If Aoki has another bad showing his US reputation could already be ruined. That Melendez fight was ugly for him.

  • Mixed Martial Adam says:

    ^^^Glassjawsh hit the nail on the head. Keep it standing = keep your arms.

  • CAP says:

    I just can’t wait to find out who has the fancier pants!

  • Reverend Clint says:

    i bet white fancy pants uses a skill lacking in gayoki’s corner… striking. I bet he could KO Gayoki from the ground or elbow the shit out of him from guard.

    if you cant tell I dont Gayoki

  • unclefesterdanawhite says:

    I just watched that entire Aoki-Cross Dresser fight. In the first round it didn’t seem like Aoki took much punishment since he was a running/stalling/rule breaking bitch the entire round. Doing all those jumping dropping kicks and other foolishness must have sapped his stamina though. Awesome to see em get knocked out cold. This is why good MMA wrestlers/grapplers set up their takedowns with strikes. If you are just going to be lunging for the takedown you’re gonna get kneed in the face eventually.

  • frickshun says:

    ^^I would like to knee you in the face…..with love.