Sources close to Shinya Aoki have indicated that the DREAM lightweight champion was contemplating retirement following his humiliating knockout loss to Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima at Dynamite!!â†µ
Aoki has clearly been troubled following the loss, going so far as to delete his @waoki Twitter account (although it appears that Aoki has started a new private account under the alias @jyotaronawo) after being harassed by Nagashima fans and has privately expressed an interest in quitting MMA to focus on his teaching duties at the Deep official gym.
I don't see Aoki actually retiring. He's always been an emotional guy and he's clearly having trouble dealing with the Nagashima loss but he remains one of the best lightweights on the planet and it'd be shocking to see him retire on the back of this one loss.â†µ
He'd be best off taking some time to himself and then getting back in the ring in 4-6 months.â†µ