It’s pretty wild that even after three years, if you Google ‘Shinya Aoki’ the two most popular word additions to his name are ‘rainbow’ and ‘pants.’ Aoki’s technicolor fighting spats will never escape the memory of MMA fans — like Jim Carrey will forever be remembered as playing Ace Ventura despite what role he takes, Shinya Aoki will always be that guy that wore rainbow pants — and broke Hirota’s arm at Dynamite!! 2009.
Of course this doesn’t negate the fact that Shinya Aoki is one of the greatest lightweight BJJ practitioners to ever grace the sport of MMA. Well, former lightweight. On October 18th, Aoki will be making his featherweight debut against Cody Stevens at ONE FC: Total Domination, and he even talked about why he’s dropping weight in this interview. Check it out.