One Championship lightweight ace Shinya Aoki is perhaps the most dangerous submission specialist competing outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
With 25 career submissions, several forced dislocations and a broken arm or two, it’s hard to argue Aoki’s ground prowess.
The 32-year-old will look to add to the tally Friday at One Championship 27 “Warrior’s Quest,” where he’ll face Koji Ando with his strap on the line.
“I have respect for Koji Ando, especially since he is my fellow countryman,” said Aoki at Thursday’s weigh-ins. “He has a good ground game and he strikes pretty decently as well. However, I have been training really hard on all areas of my game. I’m ready for Ando come fight night.”
One Championship 27 goes down Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, and can be viewed in North America and around the world via Internet pay-per-view for $9.99 U.S.
One Championship 27 Weigh-in Results:Shinya Aoki (154) vs. Koji Ando (154.5)
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok (114) vs. Roy Doliguez (113.5)
Ev Ting (145) vs. Marat Gafurov (145)
Lowen Tynanes (153) vs. Kuat Khamitov (154.5)
Eddie Ng (154.5) vs. Ariel Sexton (154.5)
Stephen Langdown (134.5) vs. A La Teng Hei (134.5)
Amir Khan (144) vs. Shannon Wiratchai (145)
Benedict Ang (143.5) vs. Waqar Umar (144)
Angela Lee (114) vs. Aya Saeid Saber (114)
Ali Yaakub (121.5) vs. Jianbing Yang (125)