That should be a short stay in the pound-for-pound top 10 for Japanese wunderkind Shinya Aoki. He was destroyed inside of 30 seconds attempting a move up to welterweight. Aoki scored a takedown within the first three seconds of the fight but did nothing with top control. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai easily executed a sweep and then crushed Aoki's face with four knees, followed by five punches in five seconds. Aoki was out at 0:27 at Dream 8 in Japan.
Aoki, 25, was ranked No. 2 in the world at lightweight by many pundits. He may be the nastiest submission fighter in the world but he needs to improve his strength and striking. This was a big step back. Sakurai has appeared to lose some focus recently when he was nabbed doing some amateur porn but he's rolling along with a 12-2 mark since the middle of 2005. This was the second win of his career over Aoki.
American John Alessio, who always seems to be on edge of taking the next step, got manhandled by jiu-jitsu world champ Andre Galvao. Galvao scored a takedown via suplex and immediately took Alessio's back. He worked for a choke for three minutes and then switch to an armbar. He got the win with just over two minutes left in the first. It was only Galvao's third MMA fight while Alessio drops to 24-13.
Just two weeks after beating Roy Nelson, Jeff Monson beat Sergei Kharitonov with Nelson in his corner. Murilo Rua lost to Riki Fukuda while Vitor Ribiero decisioned Katsuhiko Nagata.
- Shinya Aoki