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Shinya Aoki Weighs in on a Demian Maia Matchup and His Answer Was Humorous

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Shinya Aoki appeared on a Virtual Media Day for the upcoming ONE: Unbreakable event. In this event, which airs on January 22, the Japanese Legend faces American and former LFA (Legacy Fighting Alliance) welterweight champion.

During the Virtual Media Day, I was able to ask Aoki a question regarding who wins in a fantasy matchup against UFC’s Demian Maia. Watch the full ONE Championship: Unbreakable media day session with Shinya Aoki.

Shinya Aoki Interview

This is just a fantasy question, but who do you think wins a match between you and UFC’s Demain Maia?

“What are you talking about? Demian Maia is gonna win of course”. Shinya Aoki chucklingly answered.

Shinya Aoki and Demian Maia are two grapplers that are in a level of their own. Aoki at some point was considered to be one of the best P4P fighters in the world, being compared to BJ Penn. Demian Maia, on the other hand, is the proclaimed best grappler in UFC history. Aoki was humble in his answer, but we all know this would be a very entertaining fight. It is unfortunate we never got see them fight each other as Aoki never stepped in the UFC.

Are you still chasing a rematch with Christian Lee?

“I’m not really wishing for a rematch. The thing is that in the previous title bout, basically, the lightweight division shifted from me to Christian Lee. So that was a great story. I mean if we can fight again, I’d love to but basically, I don’t think anyone wants to see it”

Based on Aoki’s answers, he saw the loss to Christian Lee as a passing of the torch. Well, that could be it since they are teammates at Evolve MMA. Don’t miss his fight against James Nakashima this coming January 22!

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