ONE Championship: Fight announcements for July and August
Although the ONE Championship athletes have been on a break the past few weeks, the matchmakers have clearly not. This week ONE Championship announced a slew of interesting fights for the upcoming events in Kuala Lumpur in July and Manila in August.
Eddie Alverez vs. Eduard Folayang
In a tantalising match up, former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alverez (29-7-1) will fight the former ONE Championship Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang (21-7-0) in Manila.
This promises to be an interesting stylistic match up between Folayang’s wushu style and Alverez’s boxing – wrestling. Alverez is coming off his brutal first round knock-out loss to Timofey Nastyukhin in March. Folayang lost the lightweight belt in the same event, being submitted by Shinya Aoki. In what is arguably the most talent laden division in ONE Championship, both these men will be eager to ensure they remain potential title contenders.
Angela Lee vs. Michelle Nicolini
Angela Lee (9-1-0) will continue her foray into the Strawweight division and challenge Brazilian grappler Michelle Nicolini (5-2-0) in Kuala Lumpur. These two ladies know each other well, having fought each other in a grappling match in 2016 where Nicolini emerged victorious. However, Lee is the more experienced under MMA ruleset and the better striker of the two. Lee will probably aim to out-strike Nicolini and avoid taking the fight to the ground.
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy
A replay of the controversial quarterfinal of the ONE Championship Featherweight Kickboxing Grandprix has been scheduled for Malaysia.
The first event in Singapore in May saw the judges score the fight in favour of the Thai fighter, only to have the result overturned a few days later and the bout declared a no-contest. The explanation given that there was too much use of defensive clinching that was not in line with the modified K1 ruleset used by ONE Championship. Initially reluctant to fight again, Petchmorakot was no doubt persuaded by the US$1 million prize money on the table for the winner of the Grand Prix as well as a financial sweetener for taking the rematch. And for honour of course!
Demetrious Johnson vs. Tatsumitsu Wada
In the semi-finals of the ONE Championship Flyweight World Grand Prix, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson (28-3-1) will face the former DEEP Flyweight champion Tatsumitsu Wada (21-10-3) in Manila. On paper, Johnson is the better fighter although with all the upsets faced by UFC fighters coming to ONE recently, he will no doubt prepare carefully.
Honorio Banario vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
Also scheduled for Manila is Team Lakay fighter Banario (14-8-0), taking the place of injured Lowen Tynanes in the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix. Banario will face Nastyukhin (13-4-0), the man who knocked out Eddie Alvarez. Nastyukhin is a dangerous striker and Banario needs to take care when coming into range.
ONE Championship Masters of Destiny will take place in Kuala Lumpur on Friday 12th July
· Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix quarterfinal)
· Angela Lee vs. Michelle Nicolini (mixed martial arts – women’s strawweight)
· Ev Ting vs. Daichi Abe (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
· Abro Fernandes vs. Gurdarshan Mangat (mixed martial arts – flyweight)
· Jihin Radzuan vs. Jomary Torres (mixed martial arts – women’s atomweight)
· Dae Sung Park vs. Kimihiro Eto (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
· Troy Worthen vs. Chen Rui (mixed martial arts – bantamweight)
· Hiroki Akimoto vs. Kenny Tse (ONE Super Series kickboxing – flyweight)
· Kai Ting Chuang vs. Janet Todd (ONE Super Series kickboxing – women’s atomweight)
· Aleksi Toivonen vs. Akihiro Fujisawa (mixed martial arts – flyweight)
· Saiful Merican vs. Mohammed Bin Mahmoud (ONE Super Series Muay Thai – bantamweight)
· Adrian Mattheis vs. Liu Peng Shuai (mixed martial arts – strawweight)
· Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy vs. George Mann (ONE Super Series Muay Thai – featherweight)
ONE Championship Dawn of Heroes will take place in Manila on Friday 2nd August
· Jonathan Haggerty vs. Rodtang Jitmuangnon (ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship)
· Eduard Folayang vs. Eddie Alvarez (mixed martial arts — lightweight)
· Demetrious Johnson vs. Tatsumitsu Wada (ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal)
· Danny Kingad vs. Kairat Akhmetov (ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal)
· Honorio Banario vs. Timofey Nastyukhin (ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal)
· Reece McLaren vs. Yuya Wakamatsu (mixed martial arts — flyweight)
· Leandro Issa vs. Daichi Takenaka (mixed martial arts — bantamweight)
· Ayaka Miura vs. Samara Santos (mixed martial arts — women’s strawweight)
· Neunglanlek Jitmuangnon vs. Chris Shaw (ONE Super Series Muay Thai — bantamweight)
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