04 April 2018 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” set for May 18, 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The absolute best in local and international martial arts talent are ready to showcase their incredible skills on the largest global platform of martial arts competition.
One of the bouts on the undercard of “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” is between Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 34, of Shizuoka, Japan and Rasul Yakhyaev, 26, of Grozny, Russia. They will compete in the lightweight division.
Aoki is one of the world’s most decorated athletes. He is a DREAM Lightweight Champion, Shooto Welterweight Champion and former ONE Lightweight World Champion.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the famed Yuki Nakai, Aoki has won multiple grappling tournaments all over the world. The Japanese martial arts veteran also holds a black belt in judo and is widely considered one of the best pure grapplers in professional martial arts competition today.
In Aoki’s next bout, he aims to regain his status among ONE Championship’s top lightweights as he takes on Yakhyaev. The latter has racked up a solid following over his seven-year professional career.
A jiu-jitsu and combat sambo practitioner, Yakhyaev is adept in both striking and mat techniques and is considered a solid contender with tremendous combat skills. Four of his victories have come by submission while three have come by knockout.
After establishing a name for himself in Eastern Europe, Yakhyaev made his ONE Championship debut in December of 2015. In his most recent contest, Yakhyaev defeated highly-regarded lightweight Shannon Wiratchai by unanimous decision.
A well-rounded warrior, Yakhyaev now seeks to take his career to the next level against a former world champion.
On November 24, 2017, Aoki unsuccessfully challenged ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren. Here is a clip from their bout:
Ticket information for ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS is available at www.onefc.com.