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Nagashima Knocks Aoki Out Cold

  • Written by Dave Walsh

In the odd K-1 / DREAM hybrid rules bout, it was K-1 MAX Japan champion Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima who stood supreme, knocking Aoki out cold in a dramatic finish.

The two men started with a 3 minute K-1 rules round that was marked primarily by Aoki's flopping and stalling.  Aoki spent the majority of the 3 minutes throwing himself to the ground, shooting takedowns on Jienotsu, and using a two handed clinch - basically doing anything he could to avoid standing and exchanging with the striker Nagashima, despte the rules.  It was perhaps a sound strategy, but frustrating to watch.

As they came out for round 2 and 5 minutes of MMA action, Aoki immediately went for the takedown, but was hit perfectly by a Nagashima knee and knocked completely unconcious. 

Great determination by Nagashima, who came into the MMA round at a huge disadvantage, but continued to fight his fight and earned the huge victory.  Good to see a bit of redemption for K-1 as well after Kyotaro's defeat.

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