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Threat of the Day: Watch Your Arm, Gilbert

(Sure, you’ll save a few bucks going to an unlicensed chiropractor, but you wind up paying for it in other ways.)

From a new report on MMA Junkie:

Shinya Aoki is not sorry he broke Mizuto Hirota‘s arm this past New Year’s Eve, nor is he sorry about his actions afterward. Aoki (23-4 MMA, 0-0 SF) caught Hirota’s right arm in a ghastly hammerlock in the first round of their "Dynamite!! 2009" bout and cranked until the limb visibly – and audibly – broke. As Hirota grimaced in pain on the mat, Aoki stood overhead and flipped the bird at his opponent. And though he faced a wave of condemnation that included his dismissal from a teaching position at the gym in which he belongs, Aoki has no regrets.

"No (I don’t) because it happened during the fight," Aoki told through his translator during a media day promoting his upcoming fight with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (17-2 MMA, 7-1 SF) at Strikeforce: Nashville…"Sometime in the future, it may happen," Aoki said. "I can’t deny that it will happen again."

Of course, it had already happened twice before during Aoki’s combat career: When he snapped Keith Wisniewski’s arm in Shooto, and when he dislocated Kuniyoshi Hironaka’s arm in a grappling match. The man is very disrespectful towards arms, basically, and he refuses to feel bad about it. Of course, what really got Aoki in hot water after the Hirota fight was his Stockton-style celebration, which I can’t really see him doing in the U.S. against a guy he has no personal history with. But the bottom line is this: Don’t be a hero, Gilbert. If Aoki has your arm, just tap, unless you want to spend the rest of the year in recovery. Aoki’s already pissed off about the shorts situation. But for a Strikeforce championship belt? Dios mio, he gonna carve you up real nice.

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PERPATRAITOR- April 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm
Everyone loves or hates the bad guy. It helps the sport. Go watch WWF orWWE or TNA whatever it's called if you don't want anyone hurt.
HotPotato- April 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm
Good luck getting people to support MMA if there's an injury in every fight with a submission win. If there would only be "bad sports" but "winners", eventually there wouldn't be any "winners" at all since the sport would get banned everywhere except Japan. Those crazy bastards won't ban anything.
PERPATRAITOR- April 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm
i love seeing that attitude in the ring. i'm so sick of seeing these "good sports". If your a winner, then your a bad loser, losing is not in your vocabulary. fuck losing, fuck you! my favorite fighters are nick diaz/aoki/brock lesnar/bj penn/koscheck. all "bad sports" but WINNERS! they hate the other guy and they want to kill him. that's the shit i want to see in the ring. i don't want to see matt hughes or finch out there pointing a guy to death. laying on top position for a win. they don't even try to hurt the other guy, they just want to gain points to win, big difference! with that said and off my chest.

Aoki does subs the right way. your not supposed to gradually apply pressure so the guy taps. that will give him an oppurtunity to slip out and escape. crank that submission with intent to hurt, explode for the sub! when done properly shit breaks.
thebloc- April 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Firas needs to call Aoki and get him to come to Tristar to teach GSP how to be coldblooded.
BigCountrysCholesterol- April 6, 2010 at 9:53 am
Remember the time Aoki yelled, "Don't you see that I am being disrespectful to dirt?!"
Wait- that was the Homer Simpsonesque Mr. Sparkle Shine....Regardless, BigCountrysCholesterol concurs that Aoki is indeed quite disrespectful to arms. I think he takes it, though I will be rooting for GM. In person, no less!
iDestroy- April 6, 2010 at 8:52 am
How can you guys not like Aoki? I mean, flying subs, breakin' dudes arms, what do you want from the guy? It's not his fault those idiots wouldn't tap, and I'm sure everyone here has flipped off someone they don't like.

Give they guy a break. I'm sure he'd give you one.

Ha. Get it? Zing!
superflat- April 6, 2010 at 8:49 am
Aoki makes a great bad guy, no? Also, has anyone else noticed how his name sounds like A-OK? Which I guess he is, when he's snapping arms.
HotPotato- April 6, 2010 at 8:40 am
I'd like to see a "Hendo vs Bisping/Wanderlei"-finish on that little japanese dude. Break his jaw.
ReX13- April 6, 2010 at 8:37 am
Oh sure, Aoki's all bad ass and hard when it's "break your arm" time. But if you wrestle him for a while, he'll start pretending you kneed him in the junk or attacked the back of his dome piece. And if you tap him on the nose a time or two, he cries like a little girl. Hell, he's a couple steps up above an internet tough guy.

Speaking of which, anybod wanna come to my gym?

GEE-yuh-TEEN- April 6, 2010 at 8:26 am
Aoki is a badass in tights. If a dude doesn't tap, you continue the submission (GSP should have broken Dan Hardy's arm twice). Sending out a 'Stockton Hey Buddy' is nothing new and isn't a big deal. People get upset because he did the two back to back.

Some guys like to compete in the sport of MMA. Some guys like to legally fight in front of other people. MMA has room for both types.
VisitingDeadAncestors- April 6, 2010 at 8:25 am
^ gym location?
Squirrelnuts- April 6, 2010 at 7:52 am
Aoki is a piece of shit, i hope he gets his fuckin teeth knocked out.
PortlandMMA- April 6, 2010 at 7:43 am
That would totally be a possibility if Gilbert wasn't going to beat the shit out of Aoki. Also I don't even think any of the Stockton boys would have done what Aoki did.