Wednesday's match-up between #1 Frank Mir and #5 Joe Lauzon was another blowout win. Mir had no trouble taking out Lauzon, ending any hopes of an upset run for J-Lau. Mir now must wait for the Hughes vs. Gracie II rematch to determine who he takes on in the Elite 8.
Today, we close out our #1 seeds in a fascinating all-Japan battle. #1 Shinya Aoki takes on #5 Genki Sudo. It's hard to envision a #1 seed losing this early, but Sudo has a rabid fanbase, as shown by his effortless victory over the #4 Jon Jones last time out. These are two of the most creative submission fighters on the list, and it's a real shame one will have to make an exit now - you decide who that will be.
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