Shinya Aoki Becomes New Lightweight Champ at ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS

ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization, wowed the sold-out crowd in attendance at Singapore Indoor Stadium with ONE FC: Kings & Champions. The event was ONE FC’s largest event in history and fans were treated to a night of unforgettable action as ONE FC kingpins battled inside the famed ONE FC cage.

The ONE FC lightweight division crowned a new champion when Shinya Aoki submitted Kotetsu Boku in the second stanza of their championship bout. Aoki displayed superior grappling that knockout specialist Boku simply had no answer to. The finish came in round 2 when Shinya Aoki sunk in a rear naked choke that resulted in Boku tapping out and conceding his Lightweight World Championship title.

In the co-main event of the evening, Brock Larson had to survive adversity to emerge victorious by unanimous decision. Melvin Manhoef nearly finished the fight in the first round with his signature whipping kicks that clearly rocked Brock Larson. Larson came back strong in the second round and ended the round with a tight armbar. Larson came on strong in the third round that neutralized Manhoef’s striking with superior grappling and relentless ground and pound. The judges unanimously awarded Larson the decision victory.

The packed Singapore Indoor Stadium also witnessed history as Kevin Belingon and Ueda earned wins in the prestigious ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix Semi finals and will face each other in the final. The winner of that bout will be guaranteed a future title shot. Kevin Belingon dispatched his opponent Thanh Vu with a relentless barrage of punches and kicks that led the referee to step in and stop the fight in round 2. Masakatsu Ueda also won in round 2 after he sank in a D’arce choke and the referee had no choice but to step in and stop the fight.

The official results:

Shinya Aoki def. Kotetsu Boku via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:01
Brock Larson def. Melvin Manhoef via unanimous decision
Masakatsu Ueda def. Jens Pulver via submission (d’arce choke) – Round 2, 3:52
Kevin Belingon def. Thanh Vu via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:00
Eddie Ng def. Arnaud Lepont via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:45
Leandro Issa def. Yusup Saadulaev via unanimous decision
Alex Silva def. Rene Catalan via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:34
Bashir Ahmad def. Shannon Wiratchai via unanimous decision
Jake Butler def. Swain Cangco via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:52
Chen Yun Ting def. Ronald Low via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:58

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