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Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez make ONE Championship debuts March 31 in Japan
Three months into the new year, former UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez will make their ONE Championship debuts.
Johnson (27-3-1), the UFC’s inaugural and long-reigning flyweight titleholder, will fight Yuya Wakamatsu (10-3) in a flyweight bout. Alvarez (29-6), who was a lightweight champion for the UFC and Bellator, will take on Timofey Nastyukhin (12-4) in his debut with the promotion. ONE Championship today revealed the bookings to The Associated Press.
ONE Championship will make its debut in Japan on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, an 11,000-capacity venue near Tokyo. The event is expected to stream on ONE’s app.
The promotion previously announced the Johnson and Alvarez debuts will be part of flyweight and lightweight grand prix tournaments, though at the time their opponents were not yet known.
Also on the card, atomweight champion Angela Lee will move up to challenge strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan, and middleweight champ Aung La N Sang and lightweight champ Eduard Folayang will defend their belts.