I like to say all teenage mutant ninja turtles like pizza. But see, that’s a negative stereotype because I haven’t even met a teenage mutant ninja turtle. That’s like saying all teenage mutant ninja turtles wear primary colored headbands. However, after watching Dynamite!! 2009, I can safely say that all Shinya Aokis will break your arm if you refuse to tap out. I’m not going to show you the video again, I think we’ve all done enough cringing for 2010 (well alright, here you go). In an effort to leave no ‘rubbing it in your face’ opportunity wasted, Shinya Aoki then flew around the ring like an airplane and gave a middle finger to the media and then directly in Hirota’s face as he lay on the mat with doctors attending to him. Dude may rock technicolor pants, but on New Years Eve Aoki proved that he was the real 155lb alpha male in Japan.
At the post-fight presser, Aoki was on the verge of apologizing for his antics but instead, decided to describe in-depth on just how he broke Hirota’s arm. Aoki even went as far to say if Dream Event Producer Keiichi Sasahara tells him to kill someone, he will do it. A few days later, Shinya Aoki was fired by his own gym based on the assumption that he was entirely too raw to teach anyone.
Hirota and Aoki’s grudge wasn’t created to promote the Sengoku vs. Dream match-ups at Dynamite!! 2009. It was rooted on years of hatred and disdain from trainer partner beef all the way to arguments over fighting styles. If all of this seems like I’m speaking some kind of alien dialect, Genghis Con created a video packed with 9:23 of freshness that should get you up to date. MMAFighting.com is now reporting that Hirota has been forced to vacate his Sengoku lightweight belt due to his arm/shoulder injuries from his NYE bout with Shinya Aoki. Moral of this story, if someone has you in a submission that is simply impossible to escape, eat your pride and tap out. It’s a good way to save an arm. Look at history people, Jesus never tapped…but he verbally submitted. [Source]