Saw the thread yesterday where Edson Draggo got busted with a buncha coke and looked up his record and saw he returned to MMA this year and went 2-0 after five years of retirement. Pulled up the whole PRIDE 34 card that took place April 8th 2007, fourteen years ago, most of the fighters on that card are retired now. A few, like Draggo have had a couple fights on small shows over the last five years but that is about it.
Of all those competitors from that last PRIDE event fourteen years ago, only Aoki is out there still competing regularly at a high level in ONE. He held the title in 2019 and since losing it is just doing Aoki things like winning and submitting people. 4-0 with three subs since he lost the title.
Sidenote- Aoki has to be the only fighter in MMA history to have competed in Shooto, DEEP, PRIDE, DREAM, K1, IGF, RIZIN and ONE. Just missing Pancrase when it comes to the legendary Japanese and broader Asian promotions.
Stateside he also had Strikeforce and Bellator fights.
18 year career
Former Shooto/DREAM/ONE champ.