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Photo of the Day: Shinya Aoki Misses His Tights

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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.

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Nick Bruiser- April 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm
Rex13 where are you?
Shibumi- April 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm
@allelbows.... choo got trolled. @Rex.... this aint B! lol
allelbows- April 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm
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.
Robocop Didnt Tap- April 6, 2010 at 9:14 am
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.
PERPATRAITOR- April 5, 2010 at 11:51 pm
If aoki wins then both Gracie fighters lose :(. Fuck it Nick Diaz is the only good one! Lol
A Body Like Chucks- April 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm
Shinya Aoki is not joke, wish UFC picked him up before strikeforce. I'd love to see gomi vs aoki or penn vs aoki.
A Body Like Chucks- April 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm
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.
google- April 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm
slow day for news?
LargeMidget- April 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm
^ +1

I see what you did there...
ReX13- April 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm
This picture is 'shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from having seen quite a few shops in my life.
DAN THE VIKING- April 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm
@ 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.
BONGTAR- April 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm
at least he turned away so we dont have to look at that nasty ear.
DazedNConfused- April 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm
And he does look larger, hitting the gym? or just the angle of the photo? a stronger Aoki is a scary thing.
DazedNConfused- April 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm
Aoki by submission. Bam, done and done.

Nothing to see here, carry on.
Clinch-Smash- April 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm
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.

Sweet Sassy
Baka Survivor
provrorsbarn- April 5, 2010 at 11:47 am
He can use the kneepads and semi tights like george satorlosdolsapoppouuss against joe stevenson .....hopefully he will...
Durden- April 5, 2010 at 11:43 am
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
Jim- April 5, 2010 at 11:41 am
Melendez is going to tool this skinny runt.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- April 5, 2010 at 11:36 am
@ "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.
DeadPull- April 5, 2010 at 11:26 am
Look at him, poor bastard, can't even face the camera.
destinationblood- April 5, 2010 at 11:25 am
I dont understand why he can't wear the pants, whats the advantage of them?
ArmFarmer- April 5, 2010 at 11:19 am
"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...

LargeMidget- April 5, 2010 at 11:18 am
Aoki is fucked without his sticky leggings.

He's gonna get raped.
bowlingotter- April 5, 2010 at 11:14 am
Why doesn't he just wear the Vale Tudo shorts?
Cosmin- April 5, 2010 at 11:03 am
Couldn't he wear short tights?