Shinya Aoki’s opponent for the New Year’s Eve IGF (Inoki Genome Federation) event was revealed to be Japanese journeyman Toshikatsu Harada. The current ONE FC lightweight champion and former Dream and Shooto beltholder will be returning to 155 pounds for this bout after recently making his featherweight debut.
The match-up was confirmed by ONE FC officials on Wednesday and will be the first time Aoki (34-6-1) has fought in Japan since Dec. 31, 2012. Harada (11-9-2) has been busy of late and this will be his fifth bout of the year, but he is facing a massive step up against the seasoned submission specialist.
Aoki is contracted exclusively to ONE FC, but just like Glory was able to borrow him for it’s Dream 18 show last year, IGF has been able to come to an agreement with the Singapore-based promotion to allow them to use the Japanese lightweight for this show.
Entitled “Inoki Bom Ba Ye 2013,” the event is set for the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and will be headlined by a heavyweight fight between Satoshi Ishii and Kazuyuki Fujita. Ikuhisa Minowa, Brett Rogers, and Satoru Kitaoka also on the card.