Pancrase founder Masakatsu Funaki says "For an Asian fighter, the fair weight of his western opponent would be 22 lb lighter than his own weight." So if you're born as a japanese, you're automatically placed at an inevitable genetic disadvantage. You're weak and powerless no matter how much skill and determination you're carrying. "As long as you fare against a non Asian fighter one or two weight classes below you, you're good. " Funaki has no hesitation jumping to conclusion. Since Gomi fell off charts, the only Japanese fighters that made it to the world rankings are aoki, horiguchi and okami. Funaki says "Aoki naturally has the strength of 80 kg fighter although he weighs 70 kg." explaining why aoki could win among world's best, validating his 22 lb theory. Funaki never mentions about steroids or weight recovery that Western fighters are known for.