Thursday, December 8, 2022

Aoki Says The UFC Isn't Interesting Because Of Wrestling

The topic of wrestling in MMA, particularly the UFC, has been a hot topic lately with some fighters coming out and complaining about the style and it leading to boring fights inside the Octagon.

Japan's Shinya Aoki who has long been considered one of the top 155lb. fighters in the world recently spoke about his thoughts on the UFC and their types of fights:

“I am really a huge fan of BJ Penn, he is one of my favorite fighters. He lost by decision. When we look at martial arts in it's most extreme form, we need to win by submission or knockout. In that sense, he didn't lose. He lost that fight but he is still 'the man. He is still my favorite fighter… The American wrestling style – punching a little bit, getting a takedown and moving to side control to win the round has no risk. It's an easier fight. It's just using the judges. They don't even have to worry about injuries or anything like that. There is no risk… I'm a huge fan of the UFC, but I think that it hasn't been very interesting lately. There are good fighters of course but not so many interesting fights. They punch a little bit, then get a takedown and every round is just a repetition of that. Japanese MMA is totally different. We go for knockouts and submissions from the beginning and going for the decision isn't an option.”

Props: MMA Fighting