Zhang Lipeng challenges former ONE Championship champ Shinya Aoki.
After a powerful unanimous resolution victory over former ONE light-weight kingpin Eduard “Landslide” Folayang final Friday night time, Chinese language blended martial arts star “The Warrior” Zhang Lipeng now goals his crosshairs at one other former ONE Championship titleholder.
Using excessive on a complete efficiency, Zhang challenged former ONE light-weight champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, calling out Japanese legend and expressing his curiosity to fulfill his fellow fight veteran within the Circle.
“I wish to combat Shinya Aoki for my subsequent combat. I actually like him, and I take pleasure in his fights. I’m additionally a fan,” Zhang mentioned in a video posted on social media. “It’s my dream to fulfill him within the ONE Circle. Shinya Aoki, I wish to combat you in ONE. Do you settle for this problem?”
It didn’t take lengthy for Aoki to reply, and “Tobikan Judan” clapped again with a video message for the previous TUF: China winner.
“Hello, Zhang Lipeng. Thanks for saying that you just like me, and that you just’re a fan,” Aoki mentioned in his video. “I heard you wish to combat towards me? Though I take pleasure in being talked about, I would like you to think about rigorously. There are a number of different fighters in ONE. There are a number of excellent fighters. They don’t say unhealthy issues [like me]. There are a number of trustworthy fighters. It is best to look to them as position fashions. It is best to combat and admire them. I’d be grateful.”
It seems Zhang is seeking to construct on a complete ONE Championship debut, by including one other large identify amongst Asia’s best blended martial arts icons to his resume.
Zhang vs. Aoki provides followers an fascinating conflict of kinds, and seems to be top-of-the-line fights to make within the light-weight division. The 2 skilled veterans complement one another’s kinds very properly in all areas.
ONE: EMPOWER introduced
Earlier this 12 months, ONE revealed spectacular viewership metrics through an unbiased report by Nielsen. Within the report, ONE was named the most-watched MMA promotion on TV, beating out even the UFC when it comes to world TV viewership.
ONE Championship seems poised to proceed this spectacular run for the rest of the 12 months, because it only in the near past introduced its historic all-women’s combat card, ONE: EMPOWER, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 3. The occasion kicks off a stable second half of the 12 months for ONE, because it appears to be like to shut with a myriad of thrilling reveals, together with the closely rumored ONE X, the promotion’s upcoming tenth anniversary occasion.