Time to blow the dust off this oldie but goodie and put it back to good use.
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Some posters feel that Melendez laid the blueprint to beat Aoki and Miller would have the same success.
James Andrew Miller (born August 30, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist. He has held the Cage Fury Fighting Championships Lightweight Championship and Reality Fighting Featherweight Championship. He currently fights for the UFC's lightweight division. He is the younger brother of fellow MMA fighter Dan Miller. As of May 3, 2011 Miller is ranked the #7 lightweight fighter in the world by Sherdog., and as of July 2011 is ranked as the number 6 lightweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly.
Miller began training in mixed martial arts in 2005, when he began training at Planet Jiu Jitsu with his brother Dan Miller. He entered into the sport with a background in wrestling. Miller grew up in Sparta Township, New Jersey and competed in wrestling in high school at Sparta High School, as well as one year of collegiate wrestling at Virginia Tech. He currently holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jamie Cruz.
Others feel that Aoki's grappling alone would still be enough to overcome Miller.
Shinya Aoki (青木 真也, Aoki Shin'ya?, born May 9, 1983) is a Japanese mixed martial artist, grappler, and former police trainee who is noted for being the DREAM Lightweight Champion and former Shooto Middleweight Champion. Aoki holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Yuki Nakai, as well as a black belt in judo. He is one of the most prominent fighters out of the Paraestra Shooting gym. Aoki also trains out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. He is best known for his excellent flexibility, and submission skills often taking opponents by surprise and earning him the nickname Tōbikan Jūdan (跳関十段), meaning "10th degree black belt or grandmaster of flying submissions."
As of 2008, Aoki, along with Deep champion Masakazu Imanari, and Sengoku champion Satoru Kitaoka have founded the "Nippon Top Team" as a group of elite Japanese grapplers competing in MMA. As well as his MMA credentials, Aoki has garnered several submission grappling accolades including two All Japan Jiu-Jitsu championships, a Japan Open Jiu-Jitsu championship, a Budo Open championship, and an ADCC Japan championship. In mixed martial arts, 18 of Aoki's 28 wins have come via submission. He was ranked the #4 lightweight fighter in the world by FightMatrix.com as well as the #4 Lightweight by Sherdog.com and #4 by MMAWeekly as of July 2011.
What say you?
Miller or Aoki? Who wins?
1) Miller (84 votes)
2) Aoki (24 votes)
108 total votes