Shinya Aoki, the ONE Lightweight World Champion, is highly regarded as the best mixed martial artist in Asia. However, while fighters traditionally claim to have conquered fear, Aoki embraces it. He confesses he is deathly afraid of fighting, failing and, most importantly, losing his upcoming fight.
The Japanese submission wizard will attempt to extend his nine fight win-streak as he defends his beloved championship title against number one contender Eduard “Landslide” Folayang at ONE: DEFENDING HONOR, which takes place live on Friday Night, 11 November, from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
“I am not confident at all. I am very scared, so I would like to fight the fear from today,” the 33-year-old champ says. “There is no room in my mind to think about continuing my winning streak, that is how much I am scared of the next fight.”
Folayang certainly possesses the necessary skills to dethrone Aoki. A product of the famed Baguio, Phillipines-based MMA camp Team Lakay, the 32-year-old known asRead More »from Fear is the Key, Says ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki