There’s been a late change to the ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix.
Andrew Leone (8-4) was initially scheduled to compete against Danny Kingad (11-1) in the first round of the tournament, however, an injury has since forced Leone to withdraw from the competition. Leone’s unfortunate injury creates an opportunity for Senzo Ikeda (12-6-1), who is now the second Japanese fighter to be competing in the tournament that will begin on March 31 at the ONE: A New Era event in Tokyo, Japan.
News of Ikeda’s addition to the ONE Championship roster was released yesterday by The Fight Nation, who was also able to confirm that he would be replacing the injured Leone.
The Japanese mixed martial artist enters ONE: A New Era on the back of a four-fight winning streak with Pancrase. Most recently, the 36-year-old defended the Pancrase Flyweight Championship against highly-regarded Yuya Wakamatsu (10-3) in February last year. Wakamatsu is scheduled to compete against Demetrious Johnson in the first round of the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix.
Ikeda’s first opponent in ONE Championship is a tough one. Danny Kingad’s has been nothing short of superb lately, winning seven of his eight fights with ONE Championship. His only career defeat was in a ONE Flyweight Championship bout with Adriano Moraes in November 2017, where he was submitted by rear-naked choke at the end of the first-round.
ONE: A New Era Fight Card
- Eduard Folayang vs. Shinya Aoki (ONE Lightweight Championship)
- Xiong Jing Nan vs. Angela Lee (ONE Strawweight Championship)
- Aung La N Sang vs. Ken Hasegawa (ONE Middleweight Championship)
- Kevin Belingon vs. Bibiano Fernandes (ONE Bantamweight Championship)
- Yuya Wakamatsu vs. Demetrious Johnson (ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final)
- Eddie Alvarez vs. Timofey Nastyukhin (ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final)
- Andy Souwer vs. Yodsanklai Iwe Fairtex (Kickboxing)
- Danny Kingad vs. Senzo Ikeda (ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final)
- Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Ivanildo Delfino (ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final)
- Kairat Akhmetov vs. Reece McLaren (ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final)
- Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Hakim Hamech
- Hiroki Akimoto vs. Joseph Lasiri (Kickboxing)
- Mei Yamaguchi vs. Kseniya Lachkova
- Anthony Engelen vs. Garry Tonon
- Panicos Yusuf vs. Mohammed Bin Mahmoud (Muay Thai)
- Yoon Chang Min vs. Bala Shetty
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