Today’s “Before They Were Stars” segment features one of the top light weight Japanese fighters in MMA… Shinya Aoki! This Yuki Nakai BB holds a MMA record of 29-5-1. Of his twenty-nine win, nineteen were via submissions. He is one of the best representatives of BJJ in MMA.

Little know fact, Shinya’s nickname in Japan is Tobikan Judan (which translates to grandmaster of flying submissions). His unorthodox fighting style and his willingness to evolve with the sport has propelled him to stardom.

AOKI-SAN NEEDS TO COME TO THE UFC!

Enjoy some of his early matches in both BJJ and MMA.!
 
Purple Belt

 
 
Brown Belt

 

 

 
 
Black Belt

 
 
Aoki’s Third Professional MMA Fight

 
 
Last weeks Before They Were Stars: Jose Aldo