Coming off of the heels of perhaps the most devastating submission in the history of his limb twisting and tapout inducing mixed martial arts career over Mizuto Hirota at “Dynamite!! 2009“, DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki recently went on record in Japan to offer an apology for his extremely offensive and uncalled for mocking of his fallen victim as Hirota writhed on the canvas in agony, but not before he made it perfectly clear that he was fully prepared to separate the fallen Sengoku champion’s arm from his torso altogether if it wasn’t for the referee getting in the way.
“When I had his arm behind his back, I could feel it popping,” explained Aoki in a recent report at Sherdog.com. “I thought, ‘Well, this guy’s pride just won’t let him tap, will it?’ So without hesitation, I broke it. I heard it break, and I thought, ‘Ah, there, I just broke it.’ I was stopped afterward, but even if I hadn’t been, continuing to break it more would have been fine by me.”
According to DREAM event producer Keichi Sasahara, Aoki was sternly reprimanded following the bout for his post-fight antics that included the submission master standing over his fallen foe while giving him the finger and running around the ring mocking the fact that he had just severely injured Mizuto.
“After my fight, I was excited, and so I did something rude that I should apologize for,” said Aoki. “But that showed just how excited I was over that fight.”
According to Shinya, he’s an assassin for the promotion he represents, and it’s all in DREAM’s hands as far as who he goes after next.
“When Sasahara tells me to go and do something, I do it, and that’s how I live my life,” said Aoki. “If Sasahara tells me to go to Strikeforce and take them out or ‘Go and kill that guy,’ I’m going to do it.”
However, with that said, in the next breath Japanese superstar went on to confirm that he had accepted a challenge from fellow DREAM lightweight Tatsuya Kawajiri in the near future, stating, “I received a challenge from [Kawajiri], and so without telling him to shut the f— up, I accept the challenge and look forward to our fight.”
But what about the countless American fighters that have gone on record to call out Aoki over the years? Where’s the motivation to make them eat their words?
Aoki went on to say that the earliest possible date he could see himself facing off with Kawajiri would be in March.
Strikeforce is currently targeting an early 2010 promotional debut for Aoki, with lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez as a possible first opponent.