Top-caliber mixed martial artists graced ONE Championship’s open workout in Tokyo recently, in anticipation of the sports giant’s debut event in Japan on 31 March 2019 titled, ONE: A NEW ERA.
On 21 January 2019, pound-for-pound great Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, and ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee met with media and MMA enthusiasts for a meet-and-greet, and to showcase their talents and skills in an open workout at the Gold’s Gym South Tokyo Annex.
Johnson and Alvarez, the latest additions to ONE Championship’s ever-growing assortment of renowned MMA practitioners, are set to debut at the Tokyo event. Johnson is facing Japanese Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu as part of the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix, while Alvarez will be fighting Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin in the quarterfinals of the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix.
Lee, on the other hand, is moving up in weight to challenge ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan for a chance to become a simultaneous two-division ONE World Champion.
The main event for ONE: A NEW ERA will feature Filipino Eduard “Landslide” Folayang defending his ONE Lightweight World Championship against renowned Japanese mixed martial artist Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, who was also present at the open workout.
Folayang and Aoki first met in 2016, when Aoki was defending champion. Folayang emerged the victor via technical knockout.
ONE Championship opened the year with another Filipino – Japanese championship match in Jakarta, Indonesia last 19 January. Japan has drawn first blood, with challenger Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta winning via split decision over ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.
Also, two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang will face Japanese contender Ken Hasegawa in a rematch of their 2018 Bout of the Year for the middleweight belt.
ONE: A NEW ERA, ONE Championship’s first ever live event in Japan, happens on 31 March 2019 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, the home stadium of the world-renowned sumo tournaments.
For further updates, visit ONE Championship’s official website at https://www.onefc.com/.