It took Shinya Aoki just 33 seconds to dispatch of Lyle Beerbohm and earn his first victory on American soil.
Beerbohm closed the gap immediately, putting Aoki against the cage. After a few moments on the fence, Aoki was able to leg trip “Fancy Pants” down and transition to his back. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt secured a body triangle and Beerbohm succumbed to a tight neck crank shortly after.
An emotional Shinya Aoki could be seen crying in the cage afterwards.
The win was the Dream lightweight champion’s fourth straight victory in MMA. He hasn’t lost since dropping a decision to current Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez a year ago.
MMA in Japan was already in disarray, and the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster have only amplified the dire situation in that country. And with UFC parent company Zuffa, LLC recently acquiring Strikeforce, earning a win under the promotion’s banner was an important step for Aoki’s future.