This Friday marks the return of the King of Asian MMA as ONE Lightweight World Champion and Evolve Fight Team’s Shinya “Tōbikan Jūdan” Aoki steps into cage at ONE: Warrior’s Quest to face Koji Ando. Ando, who is on a 5-fight win streak, is expected to be Aoki most dangerous opponent yet in the ONE cage.
However, Ando has never faced an opponent like Aoki, who just happens to be the greatest mixed martial artist to have ever emerged from Asia. Today, Evolve Daily gives you 4 Reasons Why Shinya Aoki Will Defeat Koji Ando:
1) He is one of the greatest submission artists in MMA.
Shinya Aoki is known first and foremost as one of the greatest submission artists in all of MMA. With a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aoki has pulled off some of the craziest submissions ever seen in the sport. He also possesses perhaps the most versatile submission record in MMA containing all kinds of locks and holds in a total of 25 submission wins.
2) His takedowns are almost impossible to defend.
With a black belt in Judo, Aoki’s takedowns have proven to be almost impossible to defend. Even though Ando is also a black belt in Judo, Aoki has a hybrid style of judo and wrestling for his MMA takedowns. He has taken down every single one of his opponents in the ONE cage and it is hard to imagine that Ando will be any different.
3) Aoki is more experienced.
With a total of 44 fights, Aoki is one of the most experienced fighters in MMA today. He has been fighting professional MMA for almost 12 years and has fought some of the best fighters in the sport.
Fans believe that Ando’s punching power will be the biggest threat to Aoki, but many forget that Aoki has faced and beaten many power punchers before. Aoki is also no stranger to high-profile title fights, making him the more experienced and comfortable fighter in the main event this Friday.
4) He trains with the best in the world.
Aoki is part of the Evolve Fight Team, Asia’s most decorated professional fighting team with World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, No Gi Grappling, and more.
As the great Muhammad Ali once said, “The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym.” So there is no doubt that Aoki will be 110% coming into the fight on Friday as he has been preparing and training with the very best in the world.
Can the reigning King of Asian MMA establish his position at the top once again? We certainly believe so. With so much at stake, this fight definitely promises to be an exciting fight for the fans. Don’t forget to catch this and many more exciting fights live this Friday at ONE Championship: Warrior’s Quest!
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