Former Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki
will make his One Fighting Championship debut a little later than
expected, as the submission ace will take on French standout
Lepont at One FC
6 “Rise of Kings.”
Promotion officials announced the booking Wednesday and also
revealed that the promotion plans to crown its first three
champions at the event, which takes place at the 12,000-seat
Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Aoki had originally been expected to headline One
FC 5 on Aug. 31 against a to-be-named foe but will now meet
Lepont on Oct. 6. The fighters and weight classes featured in the
title bouts are to-be-announced.
Aoki, 29, recently saw a seven-fight winning streak snapped when he
ventured stateside for a rematch with Eddie
Alvarez at Bellator 66. Alvarez avenged his 2008 submission
defeat to “Tobikan Judan” at the April 20 event, battering Aoki
with punches to earn the victory in just 2:14. Aoki owns 19 of his
30 career victories by submission and holds notable career wins
Hansen and Alvarez, among others.
Lepont has won six straight fights heading into his showdown with
Aoki. “The Game” made his One FC debut in June, finishing Brian Choi
with a third-round rear-naked choke at “Destiny of Warriors.”
Lepont has been beaten just once as a pro, falling to countryman
Judes by submission in 2008. The lightweight has submitted all
but two of his nine career victims and has gone the distance only
once in his five years as a pro.