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Maldonado136
03-04-2010, 05:26 AM
DREAM Officials Confirm Aoki Vs Melendez; Nick Diaz Likely To Fight In May

by Andrew Gladstone - 03-03-2010


Earlier today FEG officials confirmed at the DREAM press conference that DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki (23-4) will take on Gilbert Melendez (17-2) for the Strikeforce lightweight title in April. Also announced, was Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (21-7) (through the partnership Strikeforce and DREAM have) will likely fight for DREAM in May.

DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki revealed last night at the press conference that he will not be wearing his spandex tights against Melendez. Aoki also made it clear that he will defend his DREAM lightweight title against #1 contender Tatsuya Kawajiri down the road.

"I appreciate the offer of a title match, I am genuinely happy," Aoki said. Having always claimed that Japan is at the top of the MMA world, I have no choice but to go compete in the US. I will just step in and walk right out with a submission victory and prove that the DREAM champion is number one in the world. I will restore the glory of Pride's heyday with Dream. I will greet you all with a belt next time."

"Gilbert Melendez is the Strikeforce champion and therefore a world class fighter," Aoki continued. I consider myself a top fighter in the world, so he is a very attractive opponent. I think our fight will leave both Japanese and American fans fully sated. Though Strikeforce rules allow elbow strikes on he feet, it is not a radical change from Pride and DREAM rules. I will be fighting in a cage for the first time, but I watch a lot of fights that take place in the cage and my level of geekery in the realm is peerless among Japanese fighters. Besides, my skillset transceneds the ring/cage brrier and I always have my eyes on the world. Yes, I will have to take off my tights. I think the prospect of being able to see my bare legs is attractive, so I want the fans to come all the way to the US for it."

Nick Diaz was announced that he'd make his long awaited return to DREAM in May. Diaz however, has not fought on Japanese soil, since DREAM 3 where he claims that DREAM did not pay him for his welterweight fight with Katsuya Inoue. Diaz has since defeated the DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis by technical knock out in round one to capture the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.

atomdanger
03-04-2010, 07:59 PM
Aoki floors El Nino without too much trouble.

I like Gilbert a lot, but he is outclassed.

VCURamFan
03-04-2010, 08:09 PM
Yeah, I don't see Aoki having much trouble with this match-up.

Psykojojo
03-05-2010, 02:17 AM
Definatly looking forward to this fight.

Wow you think he'll get floored, could you extrapolate on that? I'm not mocking you Atom, just curious as to how you see it going down. It's possible i guess, but I feel that Gil can use his wrestling to keep it standing and use his superior power/striking to win, there is no denying that Aoki has a weak set of whiskers or atleast he reaaaaally REALLY doesn't like being hit. If Aoki gets it to the ground it's no competition, even without his magical pants (+20 grappling), Gil's purple belt will show. But the problem for Aoki is getting it to the ground, he'll have to endure alittle (but possibly alot) punishment to get it there.



I prefer Aoki to win but I just can't picture him getting the takedown, tying up gil and dragging him to the ground.....or butt-skooting. I need to think some more about this one but as of now, I'm saying Gil by TKO, he hurts Shinya on the feet and bangs him out on the ground.

Where would you rank Aoki should he beat Melendez?

Maldonado136
03-05-2010, 05:28 AM
i think this fight could go either way to be honest. i would like aoki to win and if he gets it on the ground with enough time left in the round he probably will win but there is also a chance that gilbert could catch him with a punch or two and make him cry again.

Max
03-05-2010, 06:27 AM
Gil can use his wrestling to keep it standing and use his superior power/striking to win,

ding ding ding, we have a winner. I like Aoki but this is a bad matchup for him

atomdanger
03-05-2010, 06:08 PM
Definatly looking forward to this fight.

Wow you think he'll get floored, could you extrapolate on that? I'm not mocking you Atom, just curious as to how you see it going down. It's possible i guess, but I feel that Gil can use his wrestling to keep it standing and use his superior power/striking to win, there is no denying that Aoki has a weak set of whiskers or atleast he reaaaaally REALLY doesn't like being hit. If Aoki gets it to the ground it's no competition, even without his magical pants (+20 grappling), Gil's purple belt will show. But the problem for Aoki is getting it to the ground, he'll have to endure alittle (but possibly alot) punishment to get it there.

I prefer Aoki to win but I just can't picture him getting the takedown, tying up gil and dragging him to the ground.....or butt-skooting. I need to think some more about this one but as of now, I'm saying Gil by TKO, he hurts Shinya on the feet and bangs him out on the ground.

Where would you rank Aoki should he beat Melendez?

IMO Aoki is a top 10 LW, hands down. I try not to worry too much about specific order.

Aoki handled Vitor Ribeiro fairly well, Vitor's BJJ is 10x Gilbert's,
and his wrestling is better as well. Aoki was able to get that fight where he wanted. Although he couldn't sub him, Vitor is a 4x World BJJ champion. (he is also an ADCC Champion, and places 2nd and 3rd in ADCC several times, and 2nd and 3rd in the worlds for BJJ several times).
Aoki also subbed out Eddie Alvarez recently, who IMO has better hands than Gilbert, and wrestling.
I would like to credit him for beating Joachim Hansen also.

Basically I think Aoki has beat toughter competition in more impressive fashion.
Gilbert's last three were Ishada and Damn, both coming off losses,
and Thompson, a close decision who was out for over a year injured.

Aoki has Roberio, Hansen and Hirota. 2 nice subs and a decision.
All coming off wins.

I guess I honestly can't see where Gilbert can win