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ONE FC 11: Shinya Aoki Drops To Featherweight For Love Of New Challenges

Shinya Aoki is one of the top lightweights not under contract to the UFC. In his ONE FC return, he takes on Cody Stevens in a featherweight bout.

“Featherweight is a new challenge,” said Aoki to Evolve MMA. “All the lightweight fighters are very big. I am one of the smallest lightweights. So I want to go to featherweight. I like the new challenge of it. I love new challenges.”

At 5’11, Aoki will be the taller one by five inches. He’s fought in places like DREAM, PRIDE, Strikeforce and Bellator. Aoki is 2-0 for ONE FC and captured their lightweight belt in April.

Stevens took two wins this year, going 11-5 in the process. The American will be making his ONE FC debut.

ONE FC 11’s co-main event is Aoki-Stevens. It’s from the Singapore Indoor Stadium next Friday, October 18.