Shinya Aoki during a training session with members of the famed Team Lakay stable.

Shinya Aoki during a training session with members of the famed Team Lakay stable. –TEAM LAKAY FACEBOOK

MANILA, Philippines — Former ONE lightweight world champion Shinya Aoki trained with his rivals from Team Lakay in Baguio as part of his Philippine trip.

Eduard Folayang and Team Lakay posted a couple of pictures of the Japanese MMA icon Aoki, who trained with them on Wednesday in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Aoki joined Folayang, coach Mark Sangiao, Jhanlo Sangiao, Lito Adiwang, Joshua Pacio, Jeremy Pacatiw, and Geje Eustaquio during their practice session.

ATMThe Japanese Legend, Shinya Aoki, here at the gym in the mountains of Benguet! #IronSharpensIron #OneChampionship #TeamLakay#Championsarenotborntheyaremade

Posted by Mark Sangiao on Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Besides training with his former rival and other Filipino fighters, the 39-year-old Aoki is enjoying the food and local tourist spots after his grueling trip from Manila to Baguio.

A Scoop of how it taste like your adventure on the mountains of Benguet Province would be. Mabuhay!Maligayang araw sa iyong pagdating.#PhilippinesStrawberries#ONE #teamLakay 📸 Pauline Cunanan | ONE PR

Posted by Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang on Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The multi-titled Japanese, who holds a 47-11 record, lost his last fight against Saygid Izagakhmaev by technical knockout in the first round of their match in Singapore last November 19.

Aoki beat Folayang twice in their three matches and submitted Honorio Banario in the first round of their Tokyo match last October 13, 2019.


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