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Report: UFC talking to Aoki

According to, the UFC has contacted Pride lightweight fighter (161 pounds) Shinya Aoki about fighting for them in the future.

“I want to shatter the idea of PRIDE as something bad or inferior,” Aoki is quoted as saying in the article. “PRIDE is the greatest of events. I love PRIDE. If there is the opportunity to enter the UFC, I want to go as PRIDE’s Shinya Aoki.”

This would be another great signing for the UFC. However, it would make an overcrowded lightweight division even more crowded.

  • says:

    This is great news, but are they gonna go Kang/Soko on him and offer him peanuts and handshake?

  • says:

    I think its probably more likely that Aoki moves up to 170, he has fought at 167lbs in Shooto several times and that is probably a more comfortable fit for him than 155.


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