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Shinya Aoki set to grapple Marat Gafurov at ONE: Kings of Courage

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Shinya Aoki will grapple fellow former ONE champion Marat Gafurov in Indonesia.
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Shinya Aoki is returning to action less than two months after his one-sided loss to Ben Askren, but it won’t be in a MMA bout.

Aoki, who was finished in under a minute by the ONE welterweight kingpin back in Nov. 24, is set to take on Marat Gafurov in a grappling match at the upcoming ONE: Kings of Courage card Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 20.

Gafurov (15-1 in MMA) suffered his first MMA defeat in a rematch with Martin Nguyen last August, losing his ONE featherweight belt. “Cobra” submitted his six previous opponents, including a 41-second win over Nguyen.

Aoki (39-8, 1 no-contest in MMA), a former ONE lightweight titleholder, has lost his last three matches, suffering back-to-back TKOs against Askren and Eduard Folayang in MMA, and submitted by Garry Tonon in a grappling match last May.

The MMA portion of the card will be headlined by Tiffany Teo vs. Xiong Jing Nan for the inaugural ONE women’s strawweight title. The complete fight card can be seen below.

Tiffany Teo vs. Xiong Jing Nan
Stefer Rahardian vs. Muhammad Imran
Vitaly Bigdash vs. Leandro Ataides
Marat Gafurov vs. Shinya Aoki — grappling
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

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