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.