Superlek Defeats Takeru In ONE 165 Main Event, Shinya Aoki Submits John Lineker After Shocking Opponent Change

ONE 165 was an unpredictable event that featured several highlight-reel finishes and a last-second opponent change.

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Superlek after defeating Takeru (left) and Shinya Aoki after defeating John Lineker (right)(Images via Instagram @ONEChampionship)

ONE 165 featured several entertaining moments, including a kickboxing war between Superlek Kiatmoo9 and Takeru Segawa, John Lineker shockingly fighting Shinya Aokia on an hour’s notice, and Kade Ruotolo retaining his submission grappling world title. 

On Sunday, January 28, ONE Championship traveled to the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan, for a stacked pay-per-view event. There were many reasons to watch ONE 165, but the most talked about matchup was Takeru making his promotional debut against ONE flyweight kickboxing world champion Superlek. 

Takeru was initially supposed to fight Rodtang in a non-title bout before the latter pulled out with an injury. Luckily, Superlek stepped in and saved the day by showcasing an action-packed battle that had the Japanese crowd going crazy. 

The difference-maker in the ONE 165 main event was Superlek’s leg kicks. He continued to break down Takeru and avoided an onslaught from the Japanese superstar in round three to retain his world title with a unanimous decision win. 

Superlek has undoubtedly separated himself as one of the best fighters on the planet. Over the last two years, ‘The Kicking Machine’ has established a nine-fight win streak under the ONE Championship banner, with three wins in kickboxing and the rest in Muay Thai.

In the ONE 165 co-main event, ONE lightweight submission grappling world champion Kade Ruotolo faced Tommy Langaker in an immediate rematch. Langaker believed he made the adjustments to emerge victorious but ultimately suffered another unanimous decision loss against Ruotolo. 

Since making his promotional debut in May 2022, Ruotolo has remained undefeated by securing wins against Shinya Aoki, Uali Kurzhev, Matheus Gabriel, and Langaker x2. 

Shinya Aoki secures first-round submission win against John Lineker in shocking turn of events at ONE 165

The ONE 165 pay-per-view main card also featured several other intriguing fights, including a lightweight MMA bout between Shinya Aoki and Sage Northcutt. Unfortunately, the American superstar suffered another setback after a last-second announcement that he wouldn’t be fighting. 

Despite participating in fight week, Northcutt pulled out of the event after his coach, Urijah Faber, was kicked out of Japan due to an issue with his visa. As a result, UFC veteran John Lineker stepped in at the last moment to face Aoki in an openweight bout. 

Lineker secured a paycheck and saved Aoki from wasting a training camp, but he didn’t receive the result he wanted. Three minutes into the fight, ‘Tobikan Judan’ locked in a rear-naked choke and earned a first-round submission win in front of his hometown crowd.

Published on January 28, 2024 at 6:44 pm
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