by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Jan 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm ET
The only thing more bizarre than the rules for the fight was the fight itself.
This past month at DREAM “Dynamite!! 2010” in Japan, MMA veteran Shinya Aoki took on K-1 kickboxer Yuichiro Nagashima in a “special rules” bout that featured one kickboxing round and one MMA round.
In our latest installment of HDNet Fights Video Vault, we relive the entertaining train wreck.
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. Nagashima is no exception.
As seen in the video, the first round proved something of a disaster. Despite officials intending for the round to be held under traditional K-1 rules, Aoki apparently didn’t get the memo. But despite the confusion, the fight still got a definitive finish.
Aoki entered the fight with a 26-5 record, and the DREAM and Shooto champ had won five of his previous six fights. But when some less-than-popular and questionable fight bookings were combined with the peculiar “Dynamite!! 2010” fight, Aoki had drawn the ire of some fans.
Nagashima, who’s posted a 16-4 record with K-1, briefly experimented with MMA in 2006, going 3-2 with three knockout wins. Aoki, though, clearly represented his most prominent opponent to date outside of the K-1 cage.
Would Aoki survive the K-1 round and knock off the kickboxer, or would Nagashima reign supreme in the oddly structured fight?
Check out the embedded clip for the answer.
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