Japanese mixed martial arts legends Shinya Aoki and Yoshihiro Akiyama will finally cross paths this weekend at ONE Championship’s “ONE X.”
The March 26 fight card in Singapore brings two of Japan’s most beloved combat sports practitioners together for the very first time in their historic careers which when combined, span nearly 40 years of competition between the two.
Akiyama, also known as “Sexyama,” began his professional fighting career in 2004 and since amassed a record of 15 wins and seven losses. American fans first became routinely familiar with Akiyama after he made his UFC debut with a split decision win over Alan Belcher at UFC 100 in 2009.
While “Sexyama” did not have the most successful career with the UFC, he fought some of the most notable fighters the promotion has ever had, including Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort, Chris Leben, and Jake Shields.
Aoki, 47-9, burst on to the scene a year prior to Akiyama in 2003, and made a name for himself competing in promotions such as Dream, K-1, Strikeforce, PRIDE, Bellator, and then eventually ONE Championship.
Aoki called Akiyama out at the recent Road to ONE event, much to the disliking of the now 46-year-old “Sexyama.”
“To be honest, I really respect Shinya Aoki as a fighter, but as a human, as a guy, I don’t respect him at all,” Akiyama recently said in an interview with ONE Championship officials.
The two men will finally get to settle the score on Saturday, part of ONE’s 10-year-anniversary fight card.
“This is a chance to let him shut up,” Akiyama said. “Let Aoki shut up because he’s been very noisy to me for 14 years. So this is the time.”
Fans from around the world can watch the ONE X: Grand Finale pay-per-view event on Watch.ONEFC.com or their local pay-per-view provider on Saturday, 26 March at 8 p.m. Singapore Time (SGT)/8 a.m. Eastern Time (ET).
ONE X: Part II will broadcast live and free on Watch.ONEFC.com, ONE’s YouTube channel, and ONE’s Facebook page at 5 p.m. SGT/5 a.m. ET.
Also, ONE X: Part I will broadcast live and free on Watch.ONEFC.com, ONE’s YouTube channel, and ONE’s Facebook page at 1 p.m. SGT/1 a.m. ET.
ONE XSaturday, 26 March 2022
ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship(C) Angela Lee vs. (1) Stamp Fairtex Atomweight: 105 LBS – 115 LBS
Special Rules Super-FightRodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Demetrious Johnson Flyweight: 125 LBS – 135 LBS
ONE Flyweight World Championship(C) Adriano Moraes vs. (2) Yuya Wakamatsu Flyweight: 125 LBS – 135 LBS
Mixed Martial Arts(3) Shinya Aoki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Lightweight: 155 LBS – 170 LBS
Muay ThaiEduard Folayang vs. John Wayne Parr Lightweight: 155 LBS – 170 LBS
ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Championship(C) Superbon Singha Mawynn vs. (1) Marat Grigorian Featherweight: 145 LBS – 155 LBS
ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship(C) Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Felipe Lobo Bantamweight: 135 LBS – 145 LBS
ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship(C) Capitan Petchyindee vs. (2) Hiroki Akimoto Bantamweight: 135 LBS – 145 LBS
Mixed Martial Arts(3) Ham Seo Hee vs. (2) Denice Zamboanga Atomweight: 105 LBS – 115 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsItsuki Hirata vs. Jihin Radzuan Atomweight: 105 LBS – 115 LBS
Mixed Martial Arts(1) Kim Jae Woong vs. (4) Tang Kai Featherweight: 145 LBS – 155 LBS
ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final(4) Chingiz Allazov vs. (3) Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong Featherweight: 145 LBS – 155 LBS
Submission GrapplingReinier de Ridder vs. Andre Galvao Middleweight: 185 LBS – 205 LBS
Muay ThaiNieky Holzken vs. Sinsamut Klinmee Lightweight: 155 LBS – 170 LBS
Mixed Martial Arts(5) Lito Adiwang vs. Jeremy Miado Strawweight: 115 LBS – 125 LBS
Mixed Martial Arts(3) Stephen Loman vs. Shoko Sato Bantamweight: 135 LBS – 145 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsAmir Khan vs. Ryogo Takahashi Featherweight: 145 LBS – 155 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsKang Ji Won vs. Paul Elliott Heavyweight: 225 LBS – 265 LBS
Submission GrapplingMei Yamaguchi vs. Danielle Kelly Atomweight: 105 LBS – 115 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsRyuto Sawada vs. Senzo Ikeda Strawweight: 115 LBS – 125 LBS
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