5. “I Love Japan!”
When you fight someone like Shinya Aoki you can’t let your guard down for a second. The Japanese MMA fighter is one of the most vicious submission experts on the planet. Aoki has also fought for almost every major MMA promotion on the planet including the UFC, PRIDE, and ONE. However, back in 2009, he fought David Gardner at DREAM 7 in his native Japan.
Aoki had Gardner’s back and looked for the rear-naked choke. Gardner continued to hand fight as he fended off Aoki’s attempts to slide his forearm under Gardner’s chin. But then he inexplicably raised his hands in a burst of false self-confidence and shouted “I love Japan!” Immediately, Aoki sunk in the choke and forced Gardner to tap out. It was cringe-inducing and hilarious at the same time.