Shinya Aoki to Challenge Kotetsu Boku for Title at One FC 8

January 30, 2013
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Shinya Aoki at StrikeforceOne FC finally gets to make the lightweight match-up that it has been targeting since signing Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki to be a centerpiece for the promotion.

Aoki will step back in the cage for One FC to square off with the promotion’s lightweight champion, Kotetsu Boku, on April 5 when they return to Singapore Indoor Stadium for One FC 8. One FC officials confirmed the bout on Wednesday.

Aoki (31-6) a longtime staple of the Asian mixed martial arts scene, made his One FC debut last October with a quick submission victory over Arnaud Lepont. It has been no secret that he was on the short track to a title shot, considering his massive resume in Japan and name value in the Asian market.

Boku (20-7-2) won his belt by defeating Zorobabel Moreira at the same One FC 6 event where Aoki defeated Lepont.

Boku made his name in Japan with a lengthy tenure fighting for the venerable Shooto organization.

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  • Joey

    I have never understood why Aoki stays at lightweight. He is tiny for that weight class. If he were to drop down to 145 he could be a better version of Hatsu Hioki and probablyranked in the top 10 and maybe even top 5

    • joe

      No way. Hioki actually has some striking and Aoki can’t take a punch from anyone. He should be at 145, tho.

  • Madmmax

    This guy has been on the top ten list for a while now and I really don’t understand why. Anyone who can stop a takedown could beat him

  • Trianglescrotumchoke

    We all seen aokis improved stand up with his new one punch ko power he displayed against McKee ha