shinya-aoki-13.jpgAfter an already-decorated career at lightweight, MMA notable Shinya Aoki is apparently aiming for a dual-division run as he enters his 30s.

Officials today announced Aoki (33-6), ONE FC’s lightweight champion, will drop to featherweight to fight Cody Stevens (11-5-1) in a non-title bout at “ONE FC 11: Total Domination.”

The event takes place Oct. 18 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Aoki and Stevens co-headline the event, which streams via online pay-per-view.

“I am dropping down to featherweight for the first time in my career in this fight,” Aoki stated. “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, a former DREAM and Shooto champion, recently claimed the ONE FC belt with an April submission victory over Kotetsu Boku. The 30-year-old Japanese veteran, who’s posted 22 submissions in 33 career wins, is now 10-1 in his past 11 fights, and the lone defeat came to Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 66.

Stevens, who turned pro in 2008 after a lengthy amateur career, has won two straight on the regional circuit. Most recently, the 31-year-old wrestler, who was born in Ohio and now trains out of Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand, scored a submission victory over former UFC fighter Dustin Neace in August.

Also announced for the ONE FC 11 card were featherweights Mitch Chilson (4-1) vs. Shannon Wiratchai (2-1) and flyweights Rene Catalan (0-1) vs. Khim Dima (0-0).

The latest “ONE FC 11: Total Domination” lineup now includes:

For more on ONE FC 11, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Shinya Aoki)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Paul Daley Scores 29th Career Knockout, Calls Out Rory MacDonald (Bellator 170 Results) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 12 views

Paul Daley rebounded from a decision loss to Douglas Lima in July by knocking out Brennan Ward in the first round of the Bellator 170 co-main event on Saturday. read news >>

Tito Ortiz Taps Out Chael Sonnen in Final Fight of His Career (Bellator 170 Results) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 1024 views

It was Tito Ortiz's final trip to the cage when he faced Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. He made it a memorable one. read news >>

Bellator 171's Melvin Guillard eyes fight with Paul Daley, wants to avoid B.J. Penn-like career end

  • 26 days ago
  • 20 views

Melvin Guillard has a bout with Chidi Njokuani lined up for Friday’s Bellator 171 event, but he’s already considering what could come after, and he’s seeking an explosive fight in the welterweight di read news >>

Pena vs. Shevchenko Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC on Fox 23

  • 22 days ago
  • 6 views

With Ronda Rousey's career possibly over, the UFC women's bantamweight division is officially trying to move on. The first step in doing so? Determining the next challenger for reigning champion Aman read news >>

UFC on FOX 23 video highlights: Jason Knight vs. Alex Caceres

  • 22 days ago
  • 6 views

In the biggest fight of his career, Jason Knight came through with flying colors, and “The Kid” may have graduated to manhood at UFC on FOX 23.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Carmouche out, Gina Mazany meets McMann at UFC Fight Night 105, Quinones-Volkanovski added

  • 17 days ago
  • 8 views

The lineup for the UFC’s return to Nova Scotia, Canada, later this month has taken on some late changes. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

With Sullivan out, Randy Brown now meets Belal Muhammad at UFC 208 in Brooklyn

  • 16 days ago
  • 9 views

With George Sullivan off next week’s UFC 208 card in New York, Randy Brown now has a new opponent. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Holm, de Randamie look for career-defining wins; Silva, Brunson want more at UFC 208

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 views

Everyone that steps into the Octagon does so for their own reasons, but next Saturday night at Barclays Center, Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie will enter the UFC’s eight-sided proving ground wit read news >>

Scratched from UFC 208 due to eye issue, Luis Henrique says his career options now limited

  • 13 days ago
  • 10 views

Luis Henrique said his career options have dwindled after he was pulled from Saturday’s UFC 208 lineup. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

'UFC 208 Embedded,' No 2: Coffee talk with Holly Holm, Anderson Silva meets a U.S. border agent

  • 12 days ago
  • 41 views

The UFC returns to New York this week for UFC 208, and the organization has rolled out the “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Filed und read news >>