HDNet Fight of the Week: Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough at DREAM.17

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Nov 02, 2011 at 7:50 am ET

Back in September, former WEC champion “Razor” Rob McCullough fought for the first time outside the U.S., and he did so against Japanese notable Shinya Aoki.

The bout headlined DREAM.17 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

With Japanese MMA on the decline and DREAM desperately clinging to life, Aoki vs. McCullough headlined one of the country’s biggest cards of the year.

We now present that fight in this week’s edition of HDNet Fights Video Vault.

Each week HDNet and MMAjunkie.com release a new and exclusive fight from the ever-growing HDNet Fights video library. Stunning knockouts, slick submissions, shocking finishes and legendary brawls are the norm for this weekly feature.

Aoki vs. McCullough is no exception.

McCullough (19-7 at the time) went 3-1, which included his final WEC fights, before a Bellator tourney loss to Patricky Freire back in March. He looked to rebound at DREAM.17 and avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in more than nine years. But he faced a stiff test in Aoki (28-5), the most active fighter in the history of the DREAM promotion. With a win over McCullough, Aoki could earn his sixth straight win and improve to 9-1 over the past couple years.

So would McCullough pull off the upset, or would Aoki win again in his home country?

Check out the embedded clip for the answer.

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