Aoki: I want to kill my opponent

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki is scheduled to fight Kotetsu Boku at this Friday’s One FC in Singapore. Boku holds a devasting win over Aoki’s teammate at Evolve, so he will be looking to get revenge, but won’t let his emotions get the best of him in the cage:

“I’m very scared, always, before the fight,” Aoki admits. “But once I step into the cage or the ring, I feel nothing. Empty. No anger. Nothing.

“I want to kill my opponent. I know that my opponent is going to have that exact same mentality, want to kill me. That’s why I have a lot of fear before the fight. But once I step into the cage, once I step into the ring, all those feelings of fear or anger just dissipate and I feel nothing.”

It’s a jarring statement to hear, but one not altogether surprising considering the source.

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