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Shinya Aoki bounces back with 6th ONE Championship win at ‘ONE: Unstoppable Dreams’ in Singapore

Rasul Yakhyaev, Olivier Coste, Shinya Aoki

Rasul Yakhyaev, Olivier Coste, Shinya Aoki

On May 18, 2018, ONE Championship was in its home country Singapore for “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams,” which featured both mixed martial arts and ONE Super Series bouts. The fifth bout of the evening was an MMA bout between former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki of Japan and Rasul Yakhyaev of Russia.

Aoki and Yakhyaev competed in the lightweight division, which is currently dominated by reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam. Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the lightweight bout at 3:15 of Round 1 when Aoki submitted Yakhyaev via triangle choke.

When Aoki made his ONE Championship debut on October 6, 2012 at “ONE: Rise of Kings,” he submitted Arnaud “The Game” Lepont of Vietnam via triangle choke. On April 5, 2013, Aoki became the new ONE Lightweight World Champion after dethroning his fellow Japanese fighter Koketsu “No Face” Boku at “ONE: Kings and Champions.”

As a ONE Lightweight World Champion, Aoki successfully defended his belt twice. He submitted Kamal “Prince of Persia” Shalorus of Iran via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Reign of Champions” on August 29, 2014 and defeated his fellow Japanese fighter Koji “The Commander” Ando via unanimous decision at “ONE: Warrior’s Quest” on May 22, 2015.

On October 18, 2013, Aoki made his featherweight debut at “ONE: Total Domination.” He defeated Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens of the United States. He also lost to ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren via technical knockout via punches at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” on November, 2017.

Before losing to Askren, Aoki lost the ONE Lightweight World Champion title to Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines at “ONE: Defending Honor” on November 11, 2016. On November 10, 2017, Folayang lost the title to Nguyen at “ONE: Legends of the World.”

Nguyen defended his featherweight belt in one of the two co-main events of “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” against Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore.

Three belts were at stake at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams,” which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore. There were two co-main events prior to the main event.

In the first co-main event, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam successfully defended his ONE Featherweight World Champion title from Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore. The Vietnamese-Australian champion won via split decision.

In the second co-main event, Sam-a Gaiyanghadao of Thailand and Sergio Wielzen of the Netherlands competed for the inaugural ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship. The Thai martial arts veteran won via knockout in the second round.

In the main event, Angela “Unstoppable” Lee of Singapore defended her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion title from Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi of Japan in a rematch. The Singaporean champion kept the title and her undefeated record by defeating her Japanese challenger via unanimous decision.

Here is a “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” recap by Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson:

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