One FC is a world class event that has been shaking up the MMA market in Asia, of which Renato Babalu’s submission win there last Saturday is a case in point. Well the Singapore-based promotion has further bolstered its roster with another two big names with slick Jiu-Jitsu.
Three-time World Championship-winning black belt (2003/2005/2006) Bibiano Fernandes and lightweight Shinya Aoki were signed by the organization and already have a start date: August 31 in Manila, Philippines. Their opponents haven’t yet been announced.
“The Flash” from the Amazon holds a record of 11 wins in 14 fights, his last appearance coming at Japan’s now defunct Dream promotion, where on the Japanese New Year the Carlson Gracie Canada representative won the bantamweight GP, overcoming his countryman Rodolfo Marques by unanimous judges’ decision. Through to the final, and true to his moniker, he knocked out Antonio Banuelos 1:21 minutes into the fight.
Now Aoki, 29, has an extraordinary CV of his own. With 30 wins and just six losses—he has beaten beasts the likes of Joachim Hansen, Eddie Alvarez, Caol Uno and Gesias Cavalcante—the Japanese submission whiz is close to surpassing the iconic Rodrigo Minotauro’s finish record. Minotauro has 20 career submissions under his belt, while Aoki is at his coattails with 19, a record number of winning holds in world class MMA events.
In the following video unearthed by GRACIEMAG.com, Aoki demonstrates two of Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest qualities in practice—keeping calm and never giving up. The Japanese fighter labors away at positions and doesn’t despair when they escape him. Victory comes with patience.