ONE Championship: Folayang-Aoki 2, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson debuts set for Tokyo in March
Santino Honasan on Dec 20, 2018 12:07 PM
ONE Championship's biggest stars are coming to Japan
Filipino mixed martial arts star and reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang of Team Lakay will be putting his title up for grabs against a familiar opponent on ONE Championship's debut card in Tokyo on March 31st, 2019.
ONE: A New Era will feature the Singapore-based MMA promotion's biggest stars in what could easily be their most stacked card in history.
Folayang, the two-time lightweight king will be defending his title against former ONE Lightweight World Champion and Japanese legend Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki in a rematch of epic proportions.
Back in 2016, it was Folayang who ended Aoki's dominant reign as world champion with a stunning third-round TKO win in Singapore.
Another highly-anticipated rematch will be taking the middleweight division by storm, as reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion "The Burmese Python" Aung La N Sang meets Japanese middleweight contender Ken Hasegawa.
Aung La and Hasegawa put on a war in their first encounter, nearly going the distance before Aung La stopped Hasegawa late in the fifth round to retain his world championship.
In the Women's Strawweight Division, two of ONE's most dominant female athletes will come face to face, as reigning ONE Women's Strawweight World Champion "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan puts her title on the line against reigning ONE Women's Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee.
Also on the card, two of ONE Championship's newest athletes will finally be making their much-awaited debuts, as former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez meets Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin in a ONE Lightweight Grand Prix quarterfinals matchup, and former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion and former pound-for-pound king Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson faces Yuya "The Little Piranha" Wakamatsu in the opening round of the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix.
Plus, a ONE Super Series Muay Thai bout between Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex and Andy Souwer has also been slated for the massive Tokyo card.
ONE: A New Era happens on Sunday, March 31st at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan