Shinya Aoki has a message for the haters following his DREAM 15 win ...

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... That sounds like it was delivered from the psyche ward at Akagi-kohgen.

"When I caught (Kawajiri) and tried to submit him, I heard a loud crackle sound. He did not tap so I thought 'Ok, this match just became a death-fight' and I was going to destroy his leg. I knew Kawajiri never taps so I could not win without breaking his bone. I was hoping for an open-fracture. No one could have endured [that submission] like Kawajiri. His heart is iron. [I told him] 'I could show you 100% but I chose not to because I respect you. Thank you for this fight.' After I lost (to Gilbert Melendez), many people blamed me, but [my fiance] helped me through it all. The people who mocked me in my fight versus Melendez, I wanted to kill them all. Even in this fight, too many people said 'Kawajiri would win!'. I felt like telling these people 'Go to hell!'."

"The Tobikan Judan" (via MiddleEasy.com) is elated to have finally finished Tatsuya Kawajiri at DREAM 15 after "Crusher's" long pursuit of the lightweight champion. Aoki was stifled by Gilbert Melendez in his trip to "Nashville" last April, coming under fire for his largely underwhelming performance under the Strikeforce banner. Perhaps the disposal of Kawajiri, along with his bone crunching submission of Mizuto Hirota at FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009, makes him one of the world's most feared lightweights? Or is he simply a big fish in a little pond?

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