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Shinya Aoki Settling In For The Long Haul With ONE FC

Shinya Aoki can breathe a sigh of relief as finding fights has become much easier thanks to ONE FC and their growing roster.

“In the past, there was no alternative but to seek fights in the United States,” wrote Aoki in an e-mail to MMA Junkie. “But now that there is ONE FC, the largest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia, I no longer need to search for fights elsewhere.”

The lightweight has only fought three times in the US. He went 1-1 for Strikeforce, losing a championship fight to Gilbert Melendez. He was defeated by Bellator’s champion Eddie Alvarez in a non-title bout.

Aoki will look to add ONE FC’s lightweight title, to match his DREAM belt, as he challenges Kotetsu Boku. It’s the champion’s first defense since winning in October.

They headline ONE FC: Kings and Champions on April 5. It comes from the Singapore Indoor Stadium and will air across all of Asia.