ONE Championship will be in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 2018 for “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.” One of the bouts on the fight card is between Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan and Ev “E.T.” Ting, 29, of New Zealand and Malaysia.
Aoki and Ting will compete in the lightweight division at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.” The winner will earn a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship.
Currently reigning as the ONE Lightweight World Champion is Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam, who also holds the ONE Featherweight World Championship title, which he has successfully defended once. For the first time, he will defend his ONE Lightweight World Champion title in Tokyo, Japan in 2019.
There will be two ONE Championship events in Japan in 2019. The first one, which is the promotion’s debut in the country, will take place at the Ryogoku Kokushikan in Ryogoku, Tokyo on March 31, 2019.
On October 11, 2019, ONE Championship will go back to Japan for its second event in the country. The event will also take place in Tokyo.
On August 23, 2018, ONE Championship held its first ever press conference in Japan at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo. Aoki was one of the Japanese mixed martial artists who attended the event.
“Martial arts is my passion and I am grateful for the opportunity to help lead martial arts in Asia into the future,” Aoki said during the event. “ONE Championship is a tremendous organization and now that we are going to have our first live event in Tokyo, it will only help highlight the beauty of martial arts in Japan.”
Currently, Aoki holds a professional MMA record of 41 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, Ting has 16 wins and 4 losses.
Both Aoki and Ting won two bouts in 2018. The Japanese MMA veteran submitted Rasul Yakhaev, 27, of Russia on May 18, 2018 and knocked out Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai, 29, of Thailand on July 27, 2018.
Ting is riding a three-bout winning streak. He knocked out Nobutatsu Suzuki, 40, of Japan on August 18, 2017, defeated Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton, 36, of Costa Rica via split decision on February 23, 2018 and defeated Koji “The Commander” Ando, 33, of Japan via unanimous decision on June 23, 2018.
Meanwhile, here is Aoki in a recent event in the Philippines: