ONE Championship: Edward Kelly, Yushin Okami added to stacked ONE card in Manila this August
Santino Honasan on Jun 27, 2019 01:36 PM
Edward Kelly will look for his second win in a row at ONE: Dawn of Heroes in Manila on August 2nd
An already stacked ONE: Dawn of Heroes card in Manila gets even more stacked, as Filipino veteran Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, and former UFC title contender Yushin “Thunder” Okami of Japan have both been added to the August 2nd event at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 34-year old Kelly will be joining his Team Lakay brothers on the card as he takes on the surging Xie “The Stalker” Bin of China in a featherweight bout.
Kelly is coming off a second-round TKO win over South Korean Sung Jong Lee also in Manila back in April. Xie, meanwhile, is on an impressive seven-fight winning streak, with his last five coming by way of stoppage.
Following an unsuccessful ONE debut, the Japanese veteran Okami targets his first win under the promotion when he meets undefeated welterweight James Nakashima of the United States.
Okami absorbed a second-round TKO loss to Kiamrian Abbasov back in May, while Nakashima has been on a tear since joining ONE back in 2018, defeating Raimond Magomedaliev in his debut, and then following that up with a TKO win over former title contender Luis Santos.
Headlining ONE: Dawn of Heroes will be a ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship bout between champion Jonathan Haggerty of the United Kingdom and challenger Rodtang Jitmuangnon of Thailand.
In the co-main event of the evening, Filipino mixed martial arts icon and former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of Team Lakay faces former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez.
Also on the card, former UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson faces Tatsumitsu Wada and Team Lakay’s Danny “The King” Kingad takes on former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov in the semifinal pairings of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix
Plus, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of Team Lakay re-enters the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix to take on Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin in the semifinals, with the winner advancing into the finale against Turkey’s Saygid Guseyn “Dagi” Arslanaliev.
ONE: Dawn of Heroes happens on Friday, August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!