Long time MMA standout and newly crowned One FC lightweight champion Shinya Aoki has accepted a non-title fight with Cody Stevens at featherweight, according to a press release received on Friday. The match takes place at ONE FC 11 in Singapore on Oct. 18.
“I am dropping down to featherweight for the first time in my career in this fight,” Aoki stated in the release. “I feel stronger and faster at this weight and I have my sights set on competing against all the top featherweights and lightweights that ONE FC puts in front of me. The weight cut will not be a problem for me and I am definitely ready for this challenge.”
Aoki is acknowledged as one of the best grapplers at lightweight, holding 22 wins by submission. Stevens is a wrestling-based fighter from Ohio who is now training out of Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand.
Also fighting at One FC 11 will be a featherweight rematch between Mitch Chilson and Shannon Wiratchai, as well as a bout between Rene Catalan and Khim Dima. Dima will be making his mixed martial arts debut.