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Friday, Feb 16, 2007

Aoki Defeats Kikuchi For A Second Time

Aoki Defeats Kikuchi For A Second Time
By FCF Staff

Shooto’s Middleweight Champion, (76kg) Shinya Aoki, successfully defended his title on Saturday, defeating Akira Kikuchi at the organization’s "Back to Our Roots" event in Yokohoma, Japan. In what must have been an extremely competitive bout, the Japanese promotion’s website reported that Aoki worked his way to a split decision victory over Kikuchi, extending Aoki’s record to 10-2. Aoki previously defeated the top ranked Kikuchi by unanimous decision last February, on the same date, at Shooto’s "The Victory of the Truth" card.

The win for Aoki, helps entrench the Japanese fighter as one of the world’s better lightweight fighters, as the Shooto Champion has now won seven fights straight, a streak that includes several impressive victories. After originally defeating Kikuchi last February, Aoki went on to submit Jason Black in the first round with a triangle choke at Pride Bushido 12 last August. The loss for Black was only his second career defeat in over 20 fights, with his only other loss coming due to an injury he incurred against Shonie Carter in a February, 2006 fight. After Aoki followed that up with a flying triangle choke win over Clay French at Bushido 13 in November, the grappling sensation then proceeded to submit the highly regarded Joachim Hansen, with a highlight reel gogoplatta last New Year’s Eve, at Pride’s "Shockwave" event.

The loss for Kikuchi drops his record to 14-3, and outside of his two losses to Aoki, the fighter’s only other defeat was to Jake Shields in 2003. Kikuchi later avenged that loss to the American welterweight, earning a unanimous decision victory over Shields one year later at Shooto’s, "End of the Year" event in December.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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