Current ONE FC lightweight champion and Japanese standout Shinya Aoki will not be joining Evolve MMA teammate Leandro Issa in the UFC. According to Aoki's trainer and Evolve founder Chatri Sityodtong, the UFC's offer to Aoki wasn't enough to move the needle.
The rumors are true. UFC offered contracts to 3 fighters on the Evolve Fight Team: Shinya Aoki, Eddie Ng, and Leandro Brodinho. After careful reflection, Shinya and Eddie have both decided to stay in ONE FC due to more favorable economics. Brodinho has not made a final decision yet and is currently thinking through everything.
Issa has since signed on, likely to compete at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore next January. Ng, who also opted to remain local for ONE FC, sounds as if money wasn't the only factor being weighed.
I consider myself a young fighter & believe that I'm not close to reaching my full potential. Do not misinterpret my decision regarding (1)— Eddie Ng Magician (@Eddie_Magician) November 27, 2013
The UFC. Like many fighters, I want to fight for the UFC one day but when I do I want to make sure that I put my best foot forward. (2)— Eddie Ng Magician (@Eddie_Magician) November 27, 2013
Aoki's decision, while disappointing to some fans, should come as no surprise to most. While Aoki's 11-2 record (34-6-1 overall) dating back to 2010 is impressive, those two losses were against top flight competition in the form of then Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and now Bellator 155-pound king Eddie Alvarez. Recently completing a move to featherweight with a decision win over Cody Stevens in October, Aoki seems content to break in his new division in the comfort of his own hemisphere. Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas, Frankie Edgar and a slew of others will all be waiting for him should he change his mind.
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JJ practice with my friends and brothers of the ACTS very good I am so very happy JJ. Thank you brothers pic.twitter.com/Gv2G0X10yy— Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) November 27, 2013
I just signed a contract with the WSOF, one of the biggest MMA organizations in the world. pic.twitter.com/E4RVSoqeAc— Rousimar Palhares (@ToquinhoMMA) November 26, 2013
As good as a call.
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I just wanna see more of this hoodie.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via GRooveS_ARG.
In the last couple of months the issue around judging and scoring has intensified in the MMA community due to recent controversial decisions. In the below post I detail what I believe is the solution to this complex issue. I'm not a writer, so you will see the impact of that. I'm an Operations and Systems Manager in a major US Corporation, where I believe a lot of the main concepts I use on a daily basis apply directly to the task at hand.
I've read countless articles from other writers (bloggers, reporters, etc) on how to solve this issue, but mostly read on solutions on how to minimize the symptoms, instead of how to treat the disease. Incompetent judges, over simplified rules, misuse of set guidelines are all symptoms to the cause that needs to be identified.
The question to cover is who is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the unified rules of MMA? Athletic Commissions, at least in the US, are at a state level. In other countries, are at a federal level. Still, there is a lot of decentralization having to deal with hundreds of entities to get a change through and applied globally providing an uneven quality of the product, and therefore opening the question of if a win in one place comparable with a place in the next? Is the result as legit if being overseen by a Commission versus a Promoter? Would the same fight have a different result under a different set of rules?
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