For weeks Shinya Aoki and Yoshihiro Akiyama have been telling anyone who would listen that they didn’t like each other. If you suspected that they were secretly friends and were trying to hype the fight then this footage will change your mind.
The two faced off at the ONE: ‘X’ press conference and the animosity was there for all to see:
Things are HEATING UP in Singapore ???? Don't miss our final faceoffs THIS FRIDAY at 7PM SGT/7AM ET on our YouTube and Facebook channels, and make sure to tune in this Saturday for #ONEX!
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 23, 2022
According to Aoki he has had a problem with Akiyama since the days when they were fighting for Dream. That was over a decade ago but the former ONE Championship lightweight king knows how to hold a grudge.
They got in an altercation at Road to ONE: ‘Sexyama edition’ last year with Aoki having some harsh words for Akiyama. He accused the UFC veteran of ducking him and the two will finally get to settle their differences on Saturday.
The fight is part of the historic ONE: ‘X’ card at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This one looks like it is definitely going to be a grudge match.