Aoki offended by accusations of magic pants

June, 25, 2009
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Rossen By Jake Rossen
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Shinya AokiSherdog.comShinya Aoki's leggings aren't only an eyesore, they might also give him an unfair grappling advantage.

Fanhouse's Michael David Smith seems to enjoy antagonizing athletes. Witness his contentious one-on-one with Ken Shamrock, admittedly an easy guy to agitate.

Smith is at it again, this time questioning the fair-play issue regarding Japanese star Shinya Aoki wearing spandex grappling leggings during competition.

"It is nothing to do with my grappling skills," Aoki told Smith via an e-mail interpreter. "Anybody who has experience of grappling should know about this. This questions seems for nonprofessional." (His words exactly.)

To Aoki's likely disappointment, I prefer the uniformity of the Unified Rules, which make it impossible for athletes to taint victories (or losses) with allegations of apparel interference -- as well as avoid any unfortunate spin-class ensembles.

Jake Rossen is a contributor to ESPN.com. His byline has appeared in the New York Times, Wired.com, and numerous other outlets. He began covering mixed martial arts in 1998.

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