Every fighter reacts differently after falling in the ring. Some respond with extra dedication in the gym, others with a weekend of late-night partying. After Shinya Aoki’s devastating knockout loss to kickboxer Yuichiro Nagashima in a “special rules” bout at “Dynamite!! Power of Courage” the colorful grappler did neither. In fact, he apparently thought about hanging his spandex up for good.
News that Aoki contemplated retiring from MMA to focus purely on teaching for DEEP in Japan was reported by MMAFight where it was also explained he changed his Twitter account after being harassed by fans.
However, the submission-savvy lightweight is known for being a very emotional fighter and hasn’t come close to announcing anything official at this point in time. Though the New Year’s Eve defeat was undoubtedly a set-back in Aoki’s career, he had won three consecutive fights prior to the performance and holds an overall record of 26-5. Aoki is widely considered to be one of the top 155-pounders in MMA based on his otherworldly Jiu-Jitsu and past victories over opponents like “J.Z.” Cavalcante, Joachim Hansen, Vitor Ribeiro, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Eddie Alvarez.