Kamal Shalorus will attempt to take the One FC lightweight title next month. | James Goyder/Sherdog.com
One Fighting Championship’s lightweight title fight between reigning champ Shinya Aoki and challenger Kamal Shalorus is now official.
The Singapore-based organization Monday confirmed that the Aoki-Shalorus matchup will take place at One FC 19 “Reign of Champions.” In addition, it was announced that the online pay-per-view will feature the return of former UFC lightweight Roger Huerta, who will attempt to stop a four-fight losing skid against unbeaten Christian Holley.
Aoki has emerged victorious from five straight bouts, including appearances at 155 and 145 pounds. The “Tobikan Judan” captured his title from Kotetsu Boku last April and now will attempt to defend the belt for the first time against Shalorus, who has won decisions in both of his One FC fights.
Huerta has not competed since June 2012, when he suffered a soccer-kick knockout to Zorobabel Moreira in his One FC debut. In Holley, “El Matador” faces a 10-0 Englishman who has finished all but two of his opponents.
One FC 19 takes place Aug. 29 at Dubai World Trade Centre, marking the promotion’s first trip to the United Arab Emirates. The show will be topped by a welterweight title clash between former Bellator star Ben Askren and Japanese knockout artist Nobutatsu Suzuki. Also confirmed for the show is a featherweight tilt pitting Japan’s Hiroshige Tanaka against Brazil’s Herbert Burns, and a women’s bout between Ana Julaton and Irina Mazepa.