Aoki just three taps from Big Nog’s record

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Could Shinya Aoki one day retire as the most effective BJJ black belt in MMA?

A shoo-in for the great finisher’s hall of fame, Jeremy Horn, 35, is gunning for Thales Leites in Sweden at the end of this month, looking for the 50th submission of his career. But Horn isn’t one to sweat up a gi.

The still active Ken Shamrock has 22 finishes at 47 years of age. But he isn’t a Jiu-Jitsu black belt either.

Kazushi Sakuraba has 19 wins by submission, but he’s a catch wrestler.

Then there’s Rodrigo Minotauro, 34, a BJJ black belt, with 20 wins coming via Jiu-Jitsu holds.

Could Shinya Aoki one day retire as the most effective BJJ black belt in MMA? When it comes down to numbers, the day is approaching for the Japanese fighter. At 27 years of age, the Yuki Nakai black belt notched his 17th submission win, over Lyle Beerbohm at last Saturday’s Strikeforce show.

Will the Brazilian heavyweight have it in him to return to the UFC and add some arms to his collection and put some distance between the two? Or will Aoki surge past legends like Sakuraba and Minotauro?

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