Strikeforce: Shinya Aoki Easily Submits Lyle Beerbohm

Shinya Aoki is one of the greatest submission specialists in mixed martial arts, so it was no surprise that Lyle Beerbohm was no match for him at Saturday night's Strikeforce event.

But it was a bit of a surprise just how easy Aoki made it: The whole fight lasted just a minute and a half, and Beerbohm all but invited Aoki to submit him with an odd game plan: Beerbohm charged forward and pressed Aoki against the fence in the opening seconds of the first round, a clear mistake that put Aoki in his wheelhouse when they fell to the ground.

Once they were on the ground Aoki easily maneuvered to Beerbohm's back, sunk in a neck crank and forced Beerbohm to tap. The official time of the fight was one minute, 33 seconds.




The win improved Aoki's professional MMA record to 27-5, including 17 wins by submission. There's no disputing that Aoki's ground game is as good as it gets.

The question now is whether Aoki will keep fighting in the United States, and if so whether he'll get a higher quality of opposition. Beerbohm just isn't good enough to give Aoki much of a challenge.

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