Japanese ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki has no qualms in admitting that there’s fear in him when it comes to fighting Eduard Folayang of Baguio City’s Team Lakay on November 11 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
Aoki, 33, is yet to taste defeat inside the ONE Championship cage, but concedes that anything can happen when he faces the Filipino fighter.
“There is no room in my mind to think about continuing my winning streak, that’s how much I am scared of the next fight. A person who talks about winning streaks is people who have never experienced fighting. Someone who has fought before are scared of every single moment,” says Aoki (39-6).
“If I fight against someone stronger than me, I will lose, that’s fighting. It’s very simple, you fight someone stronger than you, and you lose. So whatever happens, happens. I don’t think deeply on that.”
Aoki, who is a renowned submission specialist, also took notice of Folayang’s striking.
“I’ve seen many of his fights, I have seen it live also. He’s more of a striker, he has good striking and recently he has picked up MMA. If I have to point it out, it’s his striking skills. I don’t want to get hit with his punch,” said Aoki.
“I’ve fought against the current UFC champion (Eddie Alvarez), fought Gilbert Melendez, there’s other big losses I’ve experienced. In the ONE cage, I fought Ando and Shalorus. My strongest advantage is that I have gone through huge losses. [But] I’m not confident at all, I’m very scared so I would like to fight the fear from today.”