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MMA: Japan’s Aoki to defend One FC title against Iran’s Shalorus in Dubai

Shinya Aoki (second left) will defend his One FC lightweight belt against Kamal Shalorus (left) at One FC: Reign of Champions in Dubai, where Nobutatsu Suzuki (third right) will defend his welterweight title against Ben Askren.

Shinya Aoki (second left) will defend his One FC lightweight belt against Kamal Shalorus (left) at One FC: Reign of Champions in Dubai, where Nobutatsu Suzuki (third right) will defend his welterweight title against Ben Askren.

July 14, 2014: Shinya Aoki of Japan will make the first defence of his One FC lightweight world title against Iranian veteran Kamal Shalorus as one of four bouts added to Reign of Champions in Dubai on August 29.

 

American Roger Huerta will return to action against undefeated Englishman Christian Holley at the Dubai World Trade Centre, while Brazil’s Herbert Burns takes on fellow featherweight Hiroshige Tanaka of Japan. Popular Filipina Ana Julaton, the former WBO and IBA boxing world champion, will make her second One FC appearance when she takes on Russia’s Irina Mazepa, a decorated wushu and kickboxing champion.

 

The four bouts have been added to a card headed by the One FC welterweight world title clash between Nobutatsu Suzuki and challenger Ben Askren, announced earlier this month.

 

Victor Cui, CEO of One FC, said: “A historic four One FC world championships will be on the line on August 29 and will feature some of the greatest mixed martial artists from all over the world. Shinya Aoki is one of the greatest grapplers in mixed martial arts, but he will be tested when he takes on Kamal Shalorus, who has been on a tear since joining One FC.”

 

Aoki boasts 23 wins via submission and won his One FC lightweight title with a quick submission victory over Kotetsu Boku in April 2013. One of MMA’s most dangerous submission artists, the 31-year-old is a former Dream lightweight champion and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under the legendary Yuki Nakai.

 

Shalorus, 36, has won his two fights since joining One FC last year after the former national wrestler lost his three UFC bouts following a previously undefeated MMA career.

 

Huerta, 31, is one of MMA’s most recognisable faces and began his career by winning 20 of his first 23 bouts before losing six of seven from 2008-12 while also appearing in movies.

 

The undefeated Holley, an Englishman who moved to Spain when he was five, has finished eight of the 10 opponents he has faced and has set his sights on conquering One FC’s lightweight division after reaching the pinnacle of the sport in Europe.

 

Burns, 26, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who represents Evolve MMA in Singapore. Originally from Brazil, the grappler made a successful One FC debut by submitting Edward Kelly last December and followed up with a unanimous-decision victory over Harris Sarmiento earlier this year.

 

Tanaka, 32, is riding a seven-fight winning streak and will make his One FC debut against one of the division’s best grapplers. One of Japan’s top featherweights, the 32-year-old is a powerful striker who possesses knockout power in both hands.

 

Julaton, 34, beat Aya Saber in her One FC debut in the Philippines in May, having made her name in the boxing ring, where ‘The Hurricane’ was the first Filipina to win the women’s WBO super bantamweight and IBA Super bantamweight world titles.

 

The 31-year-old Mazepa, Julaton’s second MMA opponent, is a six-time world champion in wushu and a K-1 world champion. After winning all possible titles and medals offered in the sport, both nationally and internationally, the Russian flyweight moved into other combat sports, including Muay Thai and boxing, at the age of 25.

 

The action will be live on STAR Sports or via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv for US$9.99.

Source: One FC (www.onefc.com); Editing by SportAsia

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