DREAM lightweight title holder Shinya Aoki has become synonymous with two things during his time spent in mixed martial arts: Jaw dropping submissions and flashy spandex. And while the eye dazzling submission specialist is free to throw up as many submission attempts as he sees fit when he clashes with Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce lightweight title in April, the trademark tights will have to remain in his closet in Japan.
Aoki revealed that he would not be allowed to use the spandex tights that he normally dons under Strikeforce rules during a recent DREAM press conference.
Not only will Aoki be leaving his tights that many argue increase his submission percentage out of the equation, but the April Strikeforce showdown with Melendez will also be The Tobikan Judan’s first appearance inside of a cage.
Melendez and Aoki will be fighting for only the Strikeforce portion of the lightweight crown, and not Shinya’s DREAM title.
The pair of champions will square off on April 17 during “Strikeforce: Shields vs. Henderson” on CBS.