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Photo of the Day: Shinya Aoki Misses His Tights

(Photo courtesy of Esther Lin at

Sometimes in life we must give up that which we love in order to pursue our dreams. It isn’t easy, and often it rips out some part of our soul, but we suck it up and do it anyway because that’s how badly we want to prove that the top of the MMA world is Japan. Just look at Shinya Aoki up there, stripped of his magic tights and forced to wear shorts like some narcissistic American surfer. Imagine the shame his family must feel. The utter disgrace. And yet, this is what the man is willing to go through to fight Gilbert Melendez in Strikeforce next Saturday. That’s called sacrifice, people.


  1. Jabsent Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 10:25

    they aren't even technicolor
  2. rM Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 10:27

    I kinda curious how this will change his ground game...
  3. Clyde Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 10:30

    Even if he's not allowed the tights, he can still choose a hideious yellow colour can't he? The almost plain dark blue is very dissapointing.
  4. SuckMyShinya Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 10:36

    Shinya is gonna sub Gilbert with ease... He doesnt need his tight magic pants to do that!
  5. SuckMyShinya Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 10:40

    I just hope Gilbert doesnt punch him in the face before Shinya gets that chance becuz if so I see Aoki crying like a bitch.... What? Cant blame the guy for not liking to get hit, can you?!?!
  6. sixthsense Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 10:42

    hopefully Aoki will be smart enough to use knee protectors and ankle supports like George Sotiropoulos does to get more traction for grappling.
  7. Bunk Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 10:43

    Is this Chuck Liddel before the mohawk and head tattoos?
  8. LastEmperor Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 10:43

    His arms look bigger than before?
  9. El Guapo Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:01

    I was thinking the same thing. Must be training with Pacquiao..
  10. cecils_pupils Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:01

    Advice to Gilbert Melendez: don't be a hero, tap before it breaks.
  11. Cosmin Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:03

    Couldn't he wear short tights?
  12. bowlingotter Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:14

    Why doesn't he just wear the Vale Tudo shorts?
  13. LargeMidget Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:18

    Aoki is fucked without his sticky leggings. He's gonna get raped.
  14. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:19

    @rm "I kinda curious how this will change his ground game..." It will be the same minus the rubber gaurd. I'm just full of shitty jokes today...
  15. destinationblood Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:25

    I dont understand why he can't wear the pants, whats the advantage of them?
  16. DeadPull Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:26

    Look at him, poor bastard, can't even face the camera.
  17. Old_Bald_and_Irish Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:36

    @ "destinationblood" IMO, the tights are a double-edged sword. They give the wearer the advantage of a better grip on their opponent. Slippery sweat on the legs and body is no longer a problem. On the other hand, the tights give your opponent a better grip on your legs. It can make leg locks and heel hooks easier. I'd bet that the decision about Aoki's tights ultimately came down to the will of the athletic commission.
  18. Jim Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:41

    Melendez is going to tool this skinny runt.
  19. Durden Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:43

    I'm pretty sure he'll be knocked stupid, tbh I don't think he stands a chance actually and this is strikeforce we're talking about. I'm positive he would be raped in UFC like all other asian fighters who never seem to do very well
  20. provrorsbarn Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:47

    He can use the kneepads and semi tights like george satorlosdolsapoppouuss against joe stevenson .....hopefully he will...
  21. Clinch-Smash Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 12:02

    Ya ya ya the tights are gay, but any dude wearing tights that no shit threatens all your limbs with fracture is a pretty bad dude. With or with out the tights if it hits the ground its over, on the feet on the other hand i guess we will just have to wait and see, i really cant wait for this card, i highly doubt that a single fight goes the distance. Hendo Sweet Sassy Baka Survivor
  22. DazedNConfused Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 12:16

    Aoki by submission. Bam, done and done. Nothing to see here, carry on.
  23. DazedNConfused Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 12:17

    And he does look larger, hitting the gym? or just the angle of the photo? a stronger Aoki is a scary thing.
  24. BONGTAR Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 12:27

    at least he turned away so we dont have to look at that nasty ear.
  25. DAN THE VIKING Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 12:27

    @ Jim Hes basically the same size as Melendez, with maybe 15% less muscle. Hes definately not as slim as he used to be. Aoki's been strength training.
  26. ReX13 Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 12:44

    This picture is 'shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from having seen quite a few shops in my life.
  27. LargeMidget Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 01:07

    ^ +1 I see what you did there...
  28. google Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 01:09

    slow day for news?
  29. A Body Like Chucks Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 09:15

    im calling Shinya Aoki by submission 2nd rd. 3rd minute. Melendez can bang all day but wont hit Aoki, He's just get taken down with ease. Im calling either an armbar or a triangle choke.
  30. A Body Like Chucks Says:

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 09:16

    Shinya Aoki is not joke, wish UFC picked him up before strikeforce. I'd love to see gomi vs aoki or penn vs aoki.

    Mon, 04/05/10 - 11:51

    If aoki wins then both Gracie fighters lose :(. Fuck it Nick Diaz is the only good one! Lol
  32. Robocop Didnt Tap Says:

    Tue, 04/06/10 - 09:14

    On the subject of Aoki looking bigger, maybe he's doing what so many Japanese fighters fail to do...put on added weight/muscle and cut weight prior to the fight. I still think Melendez has the grappling skills to keep Aoki off him long enough to knock his goofy ass out.
  33. allelbows Says:

    Tue, 04/06/10 - 01:56

    Yeah, Aoki is bigger. And despite him looking very small and skinny, he's taller and wider in person. He was quite imposing for such a pale man. And Rex, what do you mean by 'shopped? Since I took it, I'll tell you I fixed a little fold in the background paper where the sun stained my precious backdrop. It's pixelated because it's compressed.
  34. Shibumi Says:

    Tue, 04/06/10 - 02:22

    @allelbows.... choo got trolled. @Rex.... this aint B! lol
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    Wed, 04/14/10 - 08:29

    Rex13 where are you?
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