Already One of the World’s Best at Lightweight, Shinya Aoki Out to Conquer Featherweight Division

October 13, 2013

Shinya Aoki at Dream 6There’s no denying that Shinya Aoki is one of MMA’s premier fighters at 155 pounds.

Already having captured the Dream lightweight title, Aoki added to his belt collection this past April when he defeated Kotetsu Boku for the One FC lightweight belt.

“I’m extremely happy to be crowned the One FC lightweight champion,” Aoki told MMAWeekly.com. “I won the title not just for myself, but for everyone at Evolve MMA. I did what I had to do in that fight and very happy to get the finish.”

Having won 10 of his last 11 fights, Aoki is currently riding a three-fight winning streak to which he is quick to credit his ever-expanding game thanks to his current team.

“I’ve been training really hard, rounding off my game with my striking,” he said. “The trainers at Evolve are world class with Muay Thai champions and high level wrestling coaches, so I feel like my game is finally coming together.”

Having already proven himself one of the best at 155 pounds, Aoki will be making his 145-pound debut on the coming Oct. 18 One FC show in Kallang, Singapore, against American prospect Cody Stevens.

“I’m sure that Cody will be bringing his A-game into the cage on Oct. 18, but I would also like him to know that I’ll be bringing the best version of myself as well,” said Aoki. “Heath (Sims) and the rest of the Evolve Fight Team have been training me hard and I’m sure I can do them proud by bringing home the victory.”

Having conquered one weight class, Aoki now has his sights set on another and continuing his success in his home promotion for years to come.

“I’m not focused on my plans for the remainder of the year, all my attention is focused on this upcoming fight as I will be making my featherweight debut,” he said.

“I am very happy to be a part of the One FC network as it is Asia’s largest MMA organization, and it is here that I get to fight the best in the world.”

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