The last time Shinya Aoki stepped in the cage, things did not go his way at all.

Aoki traveled to America for a rematch with former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez, and instead of going 2-0 against the Philadelphia native, he got finished by TKO early in the first round.

Looking back at the fight, Aoki isn’t making excuses and he isn’t trying to find some mystery reason why he lost. He knows exactly why he didn’t come away with a victory that night.

“It is very simple. I failed to execute the game plan for the fight,” Aoki told MMAWeekly.com via email. “I lost fairly and I have no excuses.”

The series between Aoki and Alvarez now stands and one win a piece with Aoki submitting Alvarez via heel hook in their first fight back in 2008.

There’s no longstanding grudge between Aoki and Alvarez, but the former DREAM lightweight champion would certainly enjoy one more fight to settle the rivalry at some point in the future.

“I would love a 3rd match with Eddie. He is a great fighter, but I know that I can beat him. I also know that the fans would love a 3rd fight,” said Aoki.

For now however, Aoki’s attention is directed at his new promotional home. The submission specialist recently signed a multi-fight deal with Asian promotion ONE FC where he will begin competing in August.

Following the downfall of DREAM and virtually every major MMA promotion in Japan, Aoki needed a new home and ONE FC gave him the perfect landing spot.

“I am thrilled to be a part of ONE FC. They gave me a very lucrative contract. It was the highest offer that I received by far. I am very happy and my family is too,” Aoki stated.

Aoki has been a part of some of the biggest fights and promotions during his time competing in his home country of Japan, He fought in both Pride and DREAM, but Aoki believes ONE FC is the next major player for MMA in Asia.

“I believe in ONE FC 100%. I did a lot of homework before signing with them. Without a doubt, it will become bigger than PRIDE ever was. ONE FC is Asia’s largest MMA organization today and it will only become even bigger in the future. ONE FC is the real thing,” Aoki stated.

The goal for Aoki now that he’s with ONE FC is to face the biggest names in the biggest fights. He’s not concerned with titles or accolades, Shinya Aoki just wants to be the best fighter he can be.

“I’d like to fight as often as possible on ONE FC. I don’t fight for titles or anything else. I am a martial artist,” Aoki stated. “I am driven simply by the desire to be the best fighter that I can be. I would love the honor to bring more glory to my team, Evolve MMA, which has helped me so much in my development as a fighter already. I hope to be a complete fighter in the future.”

Shinya Aoki next competes at the ONE FC: Pride of a Nation show in Manila on Aug 31.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

As he stands on verge of UFC history, Neil Magny hopes new mark gets him big fights

  • 3 days ago
  • 32 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – Neil Magny will very likely buck a longstanding UFC trend if he manages to emerge victorious against Demian Maia this Saturday at UFC 190. It just might not be the type of record he’ read news >>

Ronda Rousey Hopes Final Fight Will Be Her 'Beating the Crap' out of Cyborg

  • 13 days ago
  • 3 views

Ronda Rousey has already written the final chapter to her MMA career in her head, and it ends with a beatdown of longtime rival Cris "Cyborg" Justino (h/t MMAJunkie.com for the video). Speaking to me read news >>

CABMMA: UFC fighter Rony Jason's 'B' test also positive for banned diuretic

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 views

Rony Jason’s hopes that a retest would overturn his failed drug test have been squashed.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

In wake of McGregor-mania, here are Europe's other best young hopes for UFC gold

  • 16 days ago
  • 19 views

Conor McGregor and Joanna Jedrzejczyk recently won gold and doubled the number of European champions in UFC history. What other young European talent could up the total? MMAjunkie’s Tom Rooney shares read news >>

Brett Johns Has UFC Aspirations, but He’s Focused on Titan Title Defense

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

Sure, Brett Johns has UFC aspirations, but right now he's focused on defending his Titan FC bantamweight championship. read news >>

Kurt Holobaugh Wants Another UFC Shot, but Focused on Titan Title Defense

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 views

Kurt Holobaugh wants an opportunity to return to the UFC, but know that his Titan FC 34 title defense comes first, and it has his undivided attention. read news >>

Marlon Moraes Upbeat for WSOF Future, Prepping for Aug. 1 Title Defense

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes is confident in the promotion's future, focused on Aug. 1 title defense in Las Vegas. read news >>

Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald Both Focused (UFC 189 Video)

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

Both Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald are focused heading into their UFC 189 rematch. The welterweight title is on the line when they meet this time around. read news >>

Eddie Alvarez reacts to Gilbert Melendez's drug test failure: 'I understand why guys do stuff'

  • 26 days ago
  • 83 views

Eddie Alvarez got wind of Gilbert Melendez's recent drug test failure for exogenous testosterone, but it doesn't sound like the former Bellator champ is taking a very hard line stance on the issue. W read news >>