Shinya Aoki To Face Toshikatsu Harada at IGF New Year’s Eve Show in Tokyo

December 17, 2013
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Shinya AokiShinya 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.

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  • shakejunt

    anyone know if this will be on tv at all? or what time it starts (EST)?

    • shakejunt

      really, -1? for?

  • niceone

    It’s great to be a One FC employee becos they allow u the flexibility to compete outside of their own promotion, which as a fighter is great. Not only it gives u a chance to compete elsewhere but allow u to earn extra and raise your ptrofile. I can see more fighters joining brecos not only do they pay well but treat u properly, and even allowing u some flexibility. Watch this space as I’m sure the roster will be added, with wider spectrum of fighters across the continents.

  • Rum Runner

    Ahhhh The good ol’ days. I miss those days when Japan would have 3 mega shows on NYE. Never again (tear in eye). Wish these guys the best of luck!

  • Informed One

    This dude is ducking so hard he may have pulled his back out. He knows if he brought his sub only game to the bigger orgs he would get hammered. He said recently he has more to gain in One FC…..Really? I think it’s more of, he has more to lose in the UFC/Bellator. Overrated, scared.

    • Matte

      Misleading nick there dude ;).

      Yes Aoki probably would not do to well in the UFC as time has run past him. The sport has developed to much.

      UFC also probably would not pay him very well.

      On the other hand.. A Japan based organization pays him GOOD money for fighting fights he can win in a much more comfortable environment for him. Aoki is really big in Asia. As well as letting him compete in other organizations from what I can understand.

      So, stay at home making more money against opponents or travel abroad fighting harder opponents making less money. What would you choose?

      It makes way more sense for Aoki to fight for ONE FC.