Pictures from DREAM 17

Last weekend, the Evolve Fight Team competed in DREAM 17 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. DREAM FC Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki successfully submitted former WEC Champion Rob McCullough with a rear-naked neck crank in the 1st round.   The entire fight went exactly according to plan.  Prior to the fight, his coaches (Kru Chatri Sityodtong, Yuki Nakai, and Ryo Chonan) had devised a game plan for Shinya to apply forward pressure to keep Rob McCullough backpedaling before taking him down.  Given that Rob was physically stronger than Shinya, the game plan also included some ground and pound to soften up Rob before going for a submission.

Here are some pictures of the Evolve Fight Team. Pictures are courtesy of DREAM.

Yuki Nakai, Chatri Sityodtong, Shinya Aoki, Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Muangfalek Kiatvichian, Ryo Chonan

Shinya with his teammates Namsaknoi, Yuki, Chatri, Muangfalek, and Ryo

Shinya is ready to go

Shinya Aoki submits Rob McCullough with a rear-naked neck crank

Shinya gives his victory speech to a thunderous crowd

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