Former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will return to action against another former ONE champion at ONE: Kings of Courage later this month.
Aoki will meet ex-featherweight titleholder Marat Gafurov in a grappling match on January 20 from Jakarta, Indonesia.
The card will feature Tiffany Teo vs. Xiong Jing Nan to crown the first-ever ONE female strawweight champion.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 6, 2018
Aoki (39-8) was finished by welterweight champion Ben Askren in Askren’s retirement fight last year. He also lost the lightweight crown to Eduard Folayang via TKO and was submitted by Garry Tonon in a grappling match last May.
Gafurov (15-1) suffered his first MMA loss to Martin Nguyen in August, dropping the featherweight crown in the process. He had put together a six-fight submission streak that included a win over Nguyen in under a minute.
Other fighters scheduled for MMA matches on the night include Vitaly Bigdash, as he’ll meet Leandro Ataides, and Stefer Rahardian vs. Muhammad Imran.
The Rahardian-Imran bout will determine the No. 1 contender to the ONE flyweight title, which is currently held by Adriano Moraes.
Below is the complete fight card:
Tiffany Teo vs. Xiong Jing Nan for inaugural ONE female strawweight championship
Stefer Rahardian vs. Muhammad Imran
Vitaly Bigdash vs. Leandro Ataides
Marat Gafurov vs. Shinya Aoki in a grappling match
Sunoto vs. Rin Saroth.
Yusup Saadulaev vs. Masakazu Imanari
Iryna Kyselova vs. Miao Jie
Victorio Senduk vs. Yohan Mulia Legowo
Riski Umar vs. Arnol Batubara
Rene Catalan vs. Peng Xue Wen
Peng Xue Wen vs. Rene Catalan
Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol vs. Audreylaura Boniface