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Shinya Aoki interview: One FC ‘reign of champions’

"The meaning of 'Tobikan Judan' means Submission Master."

Fighting Lifestyle UAE caught up with Shinya Aoki (35-6) during his camp at Evolve MMA in Singapore, Shinya is currently preparing for his up and coming fight at the ONE FC ‘Reign of champions’. The event will be held in Dubai, Aug 29th at the Dubai World Trade Center. Shinya Aoki will be featuring the main event of the night and will be defending his title against Kamal Shalorus (9-3).

How is your camp coming along for the ONE FC at Evolve MMA?

“The camp is going great. I have many World Champions as my training partners on the Evolve Fight Team and they’re always pushing me to improve every aspect of my game. I’m training alongside the many Muay Thai World Champions, Boxing World Champions, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions, Wrestling Champions and MMA World Champions so I have to say that I am more than ready for my fight at ONE FC: Reign of Champions in Dubai on the 29th of August.”

 Can you talk a little about the training partners you have over at your camp at Evolve?

 “I have an amazing group of team-mates on the Evolve Fight Team who are all World Champions in Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, MMA and No-Gi Grappling. It’s truly like a family here and everyone here always tries to push you to constantly improve on a daily basis.”

How do you feel to be fighting MMA for the first time in the UAE, given the countries strong culture of Jiujitsu & Grappling?

 “I am really excited to be competing in Dubai for the first time. Jiu-Jitsu has always been a huge aspect of my game ever since I started competing in MMA, and coming to a country with such deep roots to the art is truly an amazing opportunity.”

Being a ground specialist what are we to expect on august 29th?

  “I’m sure that the fight will eventually be taken to the ground since that is where I’m most comfortable with but I’m also confident that I can put on a good show for the fans if the fights remains a stand up one.”

Your nickname “Tobikan Judan” can you talk to us about it and what does it mean to you?

“The meaning of ‘Tobikan Judan’ means Submission Master.” 

Is there a chance to see you competing at the Metamoris again?

 “If there’s an opportunity to compete at Metamoris again, I would definitely jump at the chance!”

 last year you received an offer to fight in the UFC, you turned it down to fight exclusively for the ONE FC? Is your decision still the same or would you eventually look to move?

 “I’m very happy competing in the ONE FC, it is Asia’s largest MMA organization, and I’m definitely not looking to move.”

At 145 Jose Aldo seems to be the man at the moment. do you believe a match up between you and him could happen in the future?

“I’m always looking to challenge myself with the very best fighters in the world so I’ll fight anybody to prove that I’m the best.”

 Where do you see the ONE FC as promotion headed in the next couple of years ?

 “ONE FC has already expanded into so many countries such as the UAE, Taiwan, Cambodia and China since it had its first show in September 2011, so I’m sure we will only see ONE FC expand further throughout the world.”

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Having accomplished so much in your career? what keeps you going & motivated?

 “My passion and love for the sport is definitely what keeps me going and motivated.”

Being one of the top grapplers in the sport of Mixed martial arts what message do you have for the  Jiujitsu community in the UAE?

 “There’s always something new to learn about in Jiu-Jitsu, so constantly look to challenge and push yourself to never be afraid to learn something new everyday.”

What advice do you give students who are looking to improve and develop a more dynamic ground game?

“Never be afraid to learn something new everyday, it’s the only way you’re going to improve.”