Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez are set to battle with some of the best of ONE Championship’s athletes in 2019.
The promotion announced the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix and ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix late last year and the lightweight tournament is already underway.
The tournaments will pit eight of the best in each division against each other, and Johnson and Alvarez will feature.
It was expected that the current champions of the lightweight and flyweight divisions would feature in the tournaments, but Geje Eustaquio and Eduard Folayang’s are not competing in the tournament – and therefore the title will not be on the line.
ONE Championship Flyweight World Grand Prix
Competitors in the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix:
- Yuya Wakamatsu
- Demetrious Johnson
- Tatsumitsu Wada
- Ivanildo Delfino
- Kairat Akhmetov
- Reece McLaren
- Danny Kingad
- Senzo Ikeda
All first-round flyweight matchups are scheduled to take place on the ONE: A New Era event on March 31 in Japan.
ONE Championship Lightweight World Grand Prix
Quarter Final Rounds
- Lowen Tynanes def. Honorio Banario via KO/TKO (ground and pound) – R1, 4:46
- Eddie Alvarez vs. Timofey Nastyukhin (ONE: A New Era – Mar. 31)
- Ariel Sexton def. Amir Khan via submission (rear-naked choke) – R3, 1:13
- Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev def. Ev Ting via knockout (left hook) – R1, 0:25
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