Aoki’s Opponent Confirmed! 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Enters MMA
Shinya Aoki’s opponent on NYE has finally been announced. Facing him will be Korean 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist in Judo, Jung Bukyung. I don’t know much about Jung but he lost to Tadahiro Nomura (1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist) in the finals of the Olympics, so a silver medal isn’t bad considering such opposition. He is 173 cm tall and 29 years old.
Some additional information on Jung
1999 & 2003 Asian Judo Championships Gold Medalist
2004 A-Tournament (World Cup) Gold Medalist
Grand Prix Austria 2000 (World Cup) Silver Medalist
2001 World Masters (World Cup) 3rd Place
Road to the Finals at the 2000 Olympics:
Jung Bu-Kyung defeated N. Khergiani by Ippon
Jung Bu-Kyung defeated Narmandakh by Ippon
Jung Bu-Kyung defeated Donbay by Ippon
Jung Bu-Kyung defeated Mukhtarov by Yusei-Gachi
Ippon – If an opponent executes a powerful yet fully controlled throw, he can win a match outright (by ippon) on the basis that he has displayed sufficient superiority.
Yusei-Gachi – Win by Superiority (decision).
UFC fighter Michihiro Omigawa placed 5th in the same weight category as Jung in the 2003 Asian Championships.
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Choi Hong Man
Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shinya Aoki vs. Jung Bukyung
Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo
Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto
Roman Zentsov vs. Michael Russow
Sanake Kikuta vs. Kenichi Yamamoto