One Championship Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki meets fellow Japanese fighter Koji Ando at One Championship – Warrior’s Quest on May 22, 2015 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Aoki became the One Championship 155 pound champ in April of 2013 when he submitted the then title holder Kotetsu Boku in the second round.
There were no immediate challengers for the Japanese submission god, so he decided to move down to 145 lbs. and faced Cody Stevens six months later. Though Aoki did not get the submission win against the American, he still dominated the whole fight and won by via UD.
Since then, “Tobikan Judan” piled up three straight submission wins in ONE FC and IGF against Toshikatsu Harada, Kamaal Shalorus, and Yuki Yamamoto.
It is no brainer to say that Aoki is one of the top lightweights – if not the top – in Asia, as he easily beaten nearly every fighters in his division. He will be tested anew when he takes on Ando in Singapore on May 22nd.
On the other hand, Koji Ando finally got what he wanted since he first set foot inside the One Championship cage, and that is a title fight. The Sengoku vet and Legend FC lightweight Champ is riding a five-fight winning streak and aims to dethrone the champ come fight night.
Ando made his One Championship debut last July 2014 against the then undefeated Brazilian prospect in Rafael Nuñes, who at the time being tagged as one of the brightest prospects in the division with a 10-fight win streak, all of which came by way of stoppages. But Ando was not intimidated by Nuñes’ record and made quick work of the Brazillian as he choked him in the very first round by way of RNC.
Ando then took on world-class BJJ champion Zorobel Moreira at One FC 22. “The Commander” looked fantastic as always and scored yet another stoppage in the third round against Moreira.
As of this writing, the said Lightweight title clash between Aoki and Ando is the only confirmed bout. However, there should also be some top Filipino fighters on the card according to reliable sources.