Aoki sinks triangle to tie Minotauro’s tapout record

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Shinya Aoki wins at One FC in Singapore. One FC publicity photo.

In MMA’s top tier, there isn’t a fighter on par with them. Shinya Aoki and Rodrigo Minotauro, both Jiu-Jitsu black belts, are now tied in the number of submissions they have to their names in their professional careers—at 20 apiece.

Aoki’s 20th submission arose last Saturday in the main event of the One FC show in Singapore. The prized Yuki Nakai student at Paraestra academy needed just 1:25 minutes to put away Arnaud Lepont with a triangle choke. Now he should be getting a crack at the promotion’s lightweight title.

And the champion of the submission savant’s division was determined on the same night: South Korean fighter Kotetsu Boku used clinical striking to TKO Brazil’s Zorobabel Moreira in the third round and snap up the belt.

Now the bantamweight title went to his countryman Soo Chul Kim, who laid out Brazilian black belt Leandro Issa with a barrage of punches in the second round.

In the first round of the bantamweight GP, the USA’s Jens Pulver overcame China’s Zhao Ya Feia and Japan’s Masakatsu Ueda outdid Korea’s Min Jung Song. Both fights ended in unanimous decisions. Now Filipino champion Kevin Belington took out Russia’s Yusup Saadulaev via technical knockout to remain alive in the GP.

OCTOBER 6, 2012

Shinya Aoki tapped out Arnaud Lepont via triangle in R1;
Kotetsu Boku defeated Zorobabel Moreira via technical knockout in R3;
Soo Chul Kim defeated Leandro Issa via knockout in R2;
Melvin Manhoef defeated Ryo Kawamura via knockout in R1;
Jens Pulver defeated Zhao Ya Fei via unanimous judges’ decision;
Masakatsu Ueda defeated Min Jung Song via unanimous judges’ decision;
Kevin Belingon defeated Yusup Saadulaev via TKO in R1;
Gianni Subba defeated Bruce Loh via KO in R1;
Mitch Chilson defeated Ngabdi Mulyadi via TKO in R2.

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