Shinya Aoki’s first Strikeforce appearance last year didn’t go according to plan, but this evening he showed why he’s one of Japan’s best fighters with a quick win over Lyle Beerbohm.
Aoki produced the first offense of the evening with a body kick, but it wasn’t long before Beerbohm moved in and pressed the Japanese fighter up against the cage, looking to take him down.
Aoki was having none of it though, and reversed the position, taking Beerbohm down instead. He then quickly seized his back, rolled him over and rather than applying the traditional rear-naked choke submission from the position, the creative BJJ expert applied a face crank instead that quickly forced his opponent to tap.
This was a much needed win for Aoki, and perhaps a fitting one as well given the recent woes that his native Japan has suffered in recent times.