ONE 165 Staff Picks – MMA Sucka

ONE 165 Staff Picks – MMA Sucka

  • MMA News
  • janvier 30, 2024
  • No Comment
  • 9

The first month of 2024 concludes for MMASucka staff picks.

ONE 165 will take place on Sunday, January 28th from the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan. This comes as ONE Championship’s return to the capital city for the third time in company history and the first since ONE: Century in October of 2019. Four preliminary fights will begin at 3:00am ET (midnight PT) on ONE’s various social media platforms including Facebook and YouTube. The main card will take place at 4:30am ET (1:30am PT) on pay-per-view.

Stay tuned here at MMASucka for ONE 165 results.


Six mixed martial arts bouts will be included in tomorrow’s staff picks. Although not in the main or co-main slot, Shinya Aoki and Sage Northcutt will clash in the lightweight division (170 pounds).

40-year-old grappling great Aoki is set to make the final walk of his MMA career as he looks to snap a two-fight knockout skid and secure his first win since April of 2021. A former DREAM, ONE, and Shooto Champion with victories over veterans like Joachim Hansen (x2), Gesias Cavalcante, Caol Uno, Eddie Alvarez, and Tatsuya Kawajiri, the longtime competitor will go down as one of the greatest lightweights in history. Aoki’s opponent, eight-fight UFC competitor Northcutt, gets the most established opponent of his professional career. Following a knockout loss to Cosmo Alexandre and a resulting surgery due to broken facial features, the Evolve MMA talent returned following a near-four-year hiatus in May of last year by submitting Ahmed Mujtaba in 39 seconds.

Although not included in our staff picks, two Championship fights will take place in the main and co-main event. Defending ONE Flyweight Kickboxing Champion Superlek Kiatmuu9 will take on K-1 veteran Takeru Segawa in the main event while 21-year-old Kade Ruotolo attempts to defend his ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling Title in the co-main event opposite Norway’s Tommy Langaker. Additionally, highly touted athletes Yoshihiro Akiyama and Nieky Holzken will square off in a special rules super fight at a catchweight of 187.25 pounds.

Find our staff picks and predictions for Aoki versus Northcutt and the five additional MMA fights at ONE 165 further below.


MMASucka staff picks are composed of four of the world’s leading mixed martial arts organizations: the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the Professional Fighters League (PFL MMA), ONE Championship (ONE FC), and Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS).

  • UFC picks will compose main card fights ranging from four to six matchups per event.
  • PFL MMA picks are to be determined as card structures will likely change following last year’s merger with Bellator MMA.
  • ONE FC and DWCS picks will feature all MMA fights from the event with a minimum of three matchups.

The individual who picks the most victorious fighters by the end of 2024 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or a detailed chain from Championship Chains. Staff picks in 2023 was won by Ben Jamieson with a record of 300-148.

Who are the MMASucka staff picking to win at ONE 165?


1. Frazer Krohn: 12-22. Julio Monteros Jr.: 11-33T. Wesley Riddle: 9-53T. Nate Freeman: 9-55T. Jeremy Brand: 8-65T. Michael DeSantis: 8-67. Andrew Benjamin: 6-38. Casey Cooper: 4-59. Lukas DeWitt: 1-4

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*

Hiroba Minowa (13-4), -110vs.Gustavo Balart (11-4), -120


Jeremy Brand: Balart via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Minowa via Split DecisionMichael DeSantis: Balart via Split DecisionAndrew Benjamin: Minowa via Unanimous DecisionFrazer Krohn: Minowa via Unanimous DecisionNate Freeman: Balart via Split DecisionJulio Monteros Jr.: Minowa via Split Decision

Staff picking Minowa: 4Staff picking Balart: 3

Bokang Masunyane (9-1), -200vs.Keito Yamakita (8-0), +160


Jeremy Brand: Yamakita via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Yamakita via Unanimous DecisionMichael DeSantis: Yamakita via Unanimous DecisionAndrew Benjamin: Yamakita via Unanimous DecisionFrazer Krohn: Yamakita via Round 2 TKONate Freeman: Masunyane via Split DecisionJulio Monteros Jr.: Yamakita via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Masunyane: 1Staff picking Yamakita: 6

Danny Kingad (15-3), -150vs.Yuya Wakamatsu (16-6), +120


Jeremy Brand: Kingad via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Kingad via Unanimous DecisionMichael DeSantis: Kingad via Unanimous DecisionAndrew Benjamin: Wakamatsu via Split DecisionFrazer Krohn: Kingad via Unanimous DecisionNate Freeman: Kingad via Split DecisionJulio Monteros Jr.: Kingad via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Kingad: 6Staff picking Wakamatsu: 1

Itsuki Hirata (6-2), -205vs.Ayaka Miura (12-5, 1 NC), +165


Jeremy Brand: Hirata via Round 2 TKOWesley Riddle: Hirata via Unanimous DecisionMichael DeSantis: Hirata via Unanimous DecisionAndrew Benjamin: Hirata via Unanimous DecisionFrazer Krohn: Miura via Round 2 SUBNate Freeman: Hirata via Unanimous DecisionJulio Monteros Jr.: Hirata via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Hirata: 6Staff picking Miura: 1

Garry Tonon (8-1), -160vs.Martin Nguyen (15-6), +130


Jeremy Brand: Nguyen via Round 2 TKOWesley Riddle: Tonon via Round 1 SUBMichael DeSantis: Tonon via Round 2 SUBAndrew Benjamin: Tonon via Round 2 SUBFrazer Krohn: Tonon via Round 1 SUBNate Freeman: Tonon via Round 1 SUBJulio Monteros Jr.: Tonon via Round 1 SUB

Staff picking Tonon: 6Staff picking Nguyen: 1

Shinya Aoki (47-11, 1 NC), +260vs.Sage Northcutt (12-3), -335


Jeremy Brand: Northcutt via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Aoki via Round 1 SUBMichael DeSantis: Northcutt via Round 2 TKOAndrew Benjamin: Aoki via Round 1 SUBFrazer Krohn: Northcutt via Round 3 TKONate Freeman: Northcutt via Round 1 TKOJulio Monteros Jr.: Northcutt via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Aoki: 2Staff picking Northcutt: 5


ONE 165 featuring two Championship fights, the retirement MMA bout of Shinya Aoki, and more will take place Sunday, January 28th from the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan (photo credits to ONE Championship).

Related post

Morning Report: Mike Perry unloads on ‘f****** childish’ Dana White and ‘disrespectful rich a**holes’ in UFC

Morning Report: Mike Perry unloads on ‘f****** childish’ Dana…

Mike Perry would like to see more respectful business practices within the UFC. UFC 298 was a big night for several…
Famous Ring Wars: Sugar Ray Robinson Vs. Gene Fullmer 2: “The Perfect Punch”

Famous Ring Wars: Sugar Ray Robinson Vs. Gene Fullmer…

On May 1, 1957 Sugar Ray Robinson squared off with middleweight champion Gene Fullmer at Chicago Stadium for the 2nd time.…
De Ridder Finds Passion Ahead Of ONE 166

De Ridder Finds Passion Ahead Of ONE 166

Reinier De Ridder is preparing for his latest ONE Middleweight MMA World Title defense when ONE Championship arrives in Qatar for…