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Shinya Aoki Expects Challenge From Youngster Kron Gracie

Out of the Asian MMA market, Shinya Aoki is one of the veterans. He’s fought for years as the Shooto welterweight and DREAM lightweight champion. He recently took the ONE FC lightweight title.

When he meets Kron Gracie, the veteran knows that experience doesn’t mean a guaranteed win.

“This is a new challenge and I do not know if I’m ready for it, but I think it’s important to train hard to be at my best in the fight,” said Aoki to TATAME. “He has a classic style and real jiu-jitsu. I respect him very much. ”

They meet June 9 for Metamoris Pro in Los Angeles, CA.

Below is current card.

Shinya Aoki vs. Kron Gracie

Braulio Estima vs. Rodolfo Vieira

Roberto Abreu vs. Brendan Schaub

Mackenzie Dern vs. Michelle Nicolini

Andre Galvao vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Bill Cooper vs. Ryan Hall