ONE FC lightweight champion Shinya Aoki (33-6-1, pictured) is set to go forward with a plan to step down in weight, with ONE FC officials just announcing he will take on Cody Stevens (10-5-1) in the featherweight division, at the upcoming ONE FC: Total Domination event on October 18th. The news was confirmed earlier today via ONE FC’s official Facebook page.
Aoki has long been considered one of the best lightweights in the world and will now seek to prove that he’s also a force to be reckoned with at 145 after making the decision to drop down a division in pursuit of a second ONE FC title. Aoki will make his first appearance for ONE FC since capturing the lightweight title at ONE FC: Kings and Champions, back in April, 2013 where he defeated Koetsu Boku (20-9-2) via submission. The victory was his twenty-second career win by way of submission.
Cody Stevens is set to make his first appearance for the Singapore based promotion and goes into the bout fresh off a victory over Greg Atzori (8-5) in his most recent outing, back in April, 2013. Stevens, known for his wrestling ability, will face a stiff test of his grappling abilities, with Aoki regarded as one of the best submission artists in the sport. The thirty-one year old Stevens has finished eight of his ten career victories, with six coming by way of submission and two by (T)KO.
ONE FC: Total Domination takes place on October 18th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The event is set to be headlined by a Bantamweight World Title Unification bout, with Interim ONE FC Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes (14-3) taking on the reigning ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Soo Chul Kim (7-4). Aoki vs Stevens is now expected to fill in as the card’s co-main event. Tickets are on sale now at SISTIC. You can check out the updated card below.
ONE FC: Total Domination
Bantamweight Title Unification Bout – Bibiano Fernandes (14-3) vs Soo Chul Kim (7-4)
Featherweight Bout – Shinya Aoki (33-6-1) vs Cody Stevens (10-5-1)
Lightweight Bout – Eddie Ng (6-1) vs Peter Davis (6-2)
Middleweight Bout – Tatsuya Mizuno (11-9) vs Rafael Silva (39-13)
Women’s Flyweight Bout – Sherilyn Lim (0-0) vs Ann Osman (0-0)
Welterweight Bout – Juan Wen Jie 2-0) vs Alex Lim (1-2)
Weightclass TBC – Stephen Langdown (0-0) vs Mark Marcellinus (0-0)