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BJ Kojima Believes He’ll Best Andrew Leone En Route to ONE FC Flyweight Title

Posted on by Mick Hammond

BJ KojimaA majority decision loss to Nam Jin Jo was surely not the way that one-time Shooto flyweight champion Shinichi “BJ” Kojima wanted to finish his Shooto career. So when Kojima made his move to ONE FC last year, he knew he had to make a statement.

“It was very important for me,” said Kojima. “That fight was my debut in ONE FC and I wanted to make a good impression. To finish a guy like Rey Docyogen is a huge feather in my cap and I’m glad I did it in my debut.”

While Kojima was able to impress against Docyogen last year, 2013 as a whole didn’t go as smoothly as he would have liked.

“2013 was a mixed year,” said Kojima. “I finally made my debut in ONE FC with a very satisfying in my debut in February. I got a submission (win). I then had to change two opponents for my bout in September, and when (Andrew) Leone dropped out with less than a week to go, they couldn’t find a replacement.

“I was very disappointed as I was looking forward to fighting after training so hard.”

Kojima (13-5-5) will finally be able to get his bout with Leone (6-2) on March 14 when ONE FC returns to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“It’s time for us to finally face each other,” said Kojima. “I’ve waited very long for this fight and I can’t wait to face him.

“Nothing against Leone, I just believe I am a better mixed martial artist in all aspects and I believe that I can beat him. He’s known as a wrestler, but I have been wrestling longer than him. I’m looking forward to putting on a good show and winning the bout on March 14.”

Should Kojima get past Leone, he only has one goal in mind for this year: becoming a champion.

“I want to be the first ONE FC flyweight world champion,” he said. “That is the target, and I will beat anybody who gets in my way.

“Thanks for interviewing me. I look forward to putting on a show for ONE FC, for my fans, and to do my teammates and family proud. Time for war on March 14!”

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