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Shinya Aoki is getting cocky *Updated*

Here’s a quick quote translated from Japanese by Suki:

The top fighters I consider are all in the U.S. now. I want to defeat them and I believe I can do it. I have confidence becoming a No.1 fighter. I will be a top fighter with my techniques and in my way.

It’s pretty common for Japanese fighters to talk about going to America and solidifying their reputation worldwide. Unfortunately, it rarely ever happens … for some reason, the prospect of WAY less money from the UFC and never getting to fight in Japan again seems to scare them off.

It’s probably for the best anyways … what’s the policy in America on rainbow tights that go down to your ankles? And while I think Aoki has a good chance of clean house at lightweight, there’s also a pretty good possibility that someone would punch his teeth right down his throat sooner or later.

*UPDATE* Looks like this might not have been what Aoki said at all. Check out Carcass’ detailed translation for a more correct version.

  • Reverend Clint

    He’d end up taking an elbow and giving up, that rainbow pants wearing cry baby.

  • Gaston

    Way less money? What are they making over in japan anyway? I don´t think I´ve ever seen a pay report from either pride or dream. Does anyone know?

  • godzillad

    “…the prospect of WAY less money from the UFC and never getting to fight in Japan again seems to scare them off.”

    No, they fight in Japan again. After they go 0-4 in the UFC and leave for home.

  • Jemaleddin

    Hey, there are cans at LW just like any other weight class. The UFC could easily string together enough cans for him to get a shot at being destroyed by BJ. If BJ hasn’t decided to kick GSP’s ass by that point. :-)

  • Carcass

    God-damn, Suki has finally started linking to the things she translates – maybe she’s finally taken heed of my bitching :P
    Relevant part is the last paragraph:

    My translation:
    “SMASH THROUGH AMERICA!” [lit. ‘Send America flying’]
    And so, day by day, I’m eating my bean jam cakes and spending time training as usual…not only the strongest [fighter] in the world but also the most interesting! I’m also gunning for the title of world’s most idiotic fighter and I’m refining my skills for that every day. But, to be frank, the top guys in the world are all in America. I won’t be losing to them – I have the will to win and I believe I can do it.

    [translator’s note – its totally ambiguous whether Aoki is saying the American fighters are the best fighters in the world or the biggest idiots. This is certainly intentional and actually comes across as quite droll in Japanese, despite just sounding grossly offensive in translation! The implication is that he obviously means they’re the best fighters but he is saying it in an almost self-deprecating manner, calling himself an idiot while respecting the Americans. His next comment about underdogs (referring to himself) confirms this. Translation continues:]

    “I have the self-belief to become number one. The charm of gambling is in the weaker man not being a loser [idiomatically, ‘Underdog victories are what make gambling fascinating’] [I’ll use] Underdog tactics. Nerd tactics! Respect!

    And so, lets hope I can keep things going at this pace! If you’ve got any problems feel free to tell Wow-oki, I’ll reply dead quickly!” [the page is called ‘Shinya Wow-oki’s Blog,’ another typically terrible pun]

    Yet AGAIN, Suki paraphrases and puts things out of context. Aoki is just being a jackass for a silly blog he writes (it actually kinda reads like a Japanese Fightlinker might). He calls himself the underdog and an idiot…how can this man be accused of being cocky??? Oh sure, he says he believes that he can beat them – but when did you last hear a fighter saying that he’s gonna get his head smashed in?

  • Jordan Breen

    Aoki would fetch considerable money from the UFC. Guys like Kim Dong Hyun are making 20K and 20K to debut, and Aoki has been on the radar for more than a minute. Joe Silva loves him.

  • Si

    please start a blog. I would read it. Even if it was just a “what Suki meant to say”-blog.

  • Carcass

    *takes a bow*
    Sarcasm doesn’t travel well over the net Si :P

  • Steve

    “Way less money? What are they making over in japan anyway? I don´t think I´ve ever seen a pay report from either pride or dream. Does anyone know?”


    But what we do know is that the UFC made competitive offers to many of the top Japanese fighters, they couldn’t sign any of them because those guys are all making a ridiculous amount of money in endorsements and sponsorships in Japan.

    The UFC could offer to double or triple their DREAM salaries and it still wouldn’t make any economic sense for those guys to leave Japan.

  • kentyman

    You should put Carcass’ translation in an update to this post, fightlinker.

  • Scottie G

    Top Japanese fighters make 250+K per fight, and they have crazy sponsors

    Yamamoto is like Brad Pitt in Japan

  • cyph

    What’s to stop these guys from fighting for EliteXC or Strikeforce where they are not locked in to a contract? I’m sorry, but after CroCop and Shogun Rua, most Japanese fighters are not risking losing it in America. Top Japanese fighters will get their endorsements regardless of where they fight. Endorsements are not organization specific.

    The last time Aoki got elbowed in a fight, he couldn’t even continue. Imagine him getting elbowed repeatedly in the US. I think Aoki will make the transition eventually. I don’t think Gomi will. He’s scared of BJ Penn.

  • andres

    250k sounds about where it is in japan plus sponsors and backstage money here in the us is wack shit money plus they take half!

  • http://deleted sonzai

    “Yamamoto is like Brad Pitt in Japan”
    Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Yamamoto is more like PBF in Japan. Getting just enough love from the mainstream to get a magazine cover here and there (only fighting and youth culture mags, no sports tabloids or mainstream mags for him). Brad Pitt (or Brapi) is like Brad Pitt in Japan.

  • Captain

    Man, if that fuckin pussy wins the tournament all the Japanese fanboys will be clamoring for Aoki/Gomi. My hope is that Alvarez manhandles him like a skinny little bitch in the finals.

  • Reverend Clint

    ^and sneaks in an elbow to the back of his head.

  • john

    No one mentioning that Suki is HOT!??!
    Come on Fightlinker, clean up your act!

  • D. Capitated

    Japanese fighters wouldn’t get half the sponsorship they do now because the UFC’s TV deal there sucks, just like it does in most of the world.