Dan Herbertson, MMA Fighting
Former DREAM champion Shinya Aoki (32-6, 1 NC) is slated to challenge Kotetsu Boku (20-7-2) for the ONE FC lightweight title at ONE FC: Kings and Champions, which takes place on April 5, 2013 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. ONE FC officials announced the long-rumored bout on Wednesday.
Aoki, 29, needed just 85 seconds to coax a tapout from French submission specialist Arnaud Lepont via triangle choke in his ONE FC debut last October. Since then Aoki picked up an additional victory, defeating Antonio McKee via punches on DREAM's year-end supercard.
Likewise, Boku, 35, rides his own two-fight win streak into the bout, having knocked out Shin Kochiwa in 67 seconds before upsetting Aoki's Evolve MMA teammate, Zorobabel Moreira, to claim the inaugural ONE FC lightweight belt.
The card will be broadcast live throughout 28 Asian countries by ESPN Star Sports, and will be the second of 12 planned ONE FC events in 2013.
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