Gone are the vibrant technicolor pants from Shinya Aoki’s fight wardrobe. They were fun while they lasted and we even managed to catalog every spat worn for Aoki’s DREAM career. Despite how cool they were, those things were just novelty. Something that newcomers to MMA would obsess over with the reassurance that if they mentioned the wild color variations of Aoki’s pants, it would grant them access to some intangible realm of the ‘MMA underground’. The place where all the ‘cool kids’ go to when they realize that MMA isn’t just restricted to the UFC and that the sport spans the world, not just the octagon. Some of you may have gained access via this deceptive mean — and if so, there’s nothing anyone can do. You’ve fell into the world of MMA through the stereotype associated with Shinya Aoki’s pants. Great. Now there’s nothing we can do to deny you access. You’re in. You are one of us. Congratulations bud, now pick up your complimentary name badge, coffee and sit down so you can enjoy the rest of this voyage into the world of MMA.
Shinya Aoki is happy to have you on board. Granted, I can’t speak for him — but for the sake of this article, I will speak for him. He wants you to watch his Bellator 66 fight against Eddie Alvarez on April 20th. He also wants you to not party too hard tomorrow. Shinya needs your attention, so give it to him. Aoki also wants you to watch this video of his training at Evolve MMA in preparation for his rematch with the former Bellator lightweight champion.