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“JZ” Calvancante and Shinya Aoki Will Throw Down at K-1 in March


(Shinya Aoki wraps up Akira Kikuchi during a Shooto championship bout in February 2007.)

Gesias “JZ” Calvancante and Shinya Aoki — who we have ranked as the #2 lightweight and #7 welterweight in the world, respectively — were originally scheduled to face each other at the Yarennoka! card in Japan on New Year’s Eve, but Calvancante had to pull out of the match due to a knee injury sustained during training. Luckily, Calvancante has recovered and the fight has been rescheduled to a K-1 event in March.

Calvancante, a Brazilian-born American Top Team member, has won the K-1 HERO’S Lightweight Grand Prix championship for the last two years, knocking off fighters like Rani Yahya, Caol Uno, and Vitor Ribeiro in the process. His record is 14-1-1, with his only loss coming at the hands of Joachim Hansen in 2004, and his draw coming from a 2005 match with current IFL lightweight champ Ryan Schultz. Shinya Aoki — one of the only fighters in the world whose ground skills may surpass B.J. Penn’s — is Shooto’s current middleweight (167 lbs.) champion. The Japanese fighter’s 12-2 record includes wins over Joachim Hansen, Clay French and Akira Kikuchi (twice).

It’s not clear yet which weight class the match will be fought at, or if this will be an open-weight bout — we’ll update you when we know more.

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Rick furious- July 14, 2008 at 7:43 pm
Fedor is not over rated.You are a idiot and dont know anything about what you are talking about just wait till sat then all you fedor haters can shut the fuck up..
Oh yea and shinya is an amazing fighter...
HeyHey- January 24, 2008 at 8:40 am
oh but wait he trained at marcelos school, so hes not a bitch anymore
HeyHey- January 24, 2008 at 8:22 am
oh yea heres a video of him fighting a nobody and getting his glass jaw cracked http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5465581603281087155&q=shinya+aoki&total=101&start=20&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0
HeyHey- January 24, 2008 at 8:21 am
oh yea and he has a baby chin and fights nobodies in mma
HeyHey- January 24, 2008 at 8:00 am
oh yea and roger gracie rolled thru him like nothing but it was open weight class
HeyHey- January 24, 2008 at 7:51 am
yea didnt shinya aoki get tapped by garcia in like 40 seconds at a grappling tournament, im gonna have to say his ground isnt better than bjs
MMA Ninja- January 24, 2008 at 5:28 am
I don't know about embarrasing JZ, but the fight should be wild regardless who takes over. Can't wait
godzillasdestroy- January 23, 2008 at 10:02 pm
Aoki is gonna embarrass JZ so bad people are gonna wonder why they thought so highly of him in the first place.

Calvan has to be the most overrated fighter behind BJ and Fedor.
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