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'ONE Championship: A New Era' now has four flyweight tournament bouts, four title fights – & Alvarez's debut

ONE Championship’s upcoming flyweight tournament field is set, and the opening round will take place at the promotion’s biggest event yet.

“ONE Chmpionship: A New Era” takes place March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and is the promotion’s debut in Japan. There are four title fights at the top of the card, plus the promotional debut of former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

But as if that wasn’t enough, the card also now will feature four first-round fights in ONE’s flyweight tournament, which includes former UFC flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson in his debut with the promotion.

The promotion today announced the field and the brackets for the flyweight tournament. On one side, Johnson (27-3-1) takes on Yuya Wakamatsu (10-3), and Ivanildo Delfino (8-0) meets Tatsumitsu Wada (20-10-2). On the other side of the bracket, Kairat Akhmetov (25-2) takes on Reece McLaren (12-5), and Danny Kingad (11-1) meets Andrew Leone (8-4).

The “ONE Championship: A New Era” lineup now includes:


  • Champ Eduard Folayang vs. Shinya Aoki – for lightweight title
  • Champ Angela Lee vs. Jin Nan Xiong – for strawweight title
  • Champ Aung La N Sang vs. Ken Hasegawa – for middleweight title
  • Champ Kevin Belingon vs. Bibiano Fernandes – for bantamweight title
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
  • Demetrious Johnson vs. Yuya Wakamatsu – flyweight tournament opening round
  • Ivanildo Delfino vs. Tatsumitsu Wada – flyweight tournament opening round
  • Kairat Akhmetov vs. Reece McLaren – flyweight tournament opening round
  • Danny Kingad vs. Andrew Leone – flyweight tournament opening round
 

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Anyone know why Brandon Vera only fights once a year? I wish we saw him fight more.
 

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Eddie Alvarez calls interim titles ‘sick joke’ UFC creates to avoid paying fighters more

[DOUBLEPOST=1551282216,1551282164][/DOUBLEPOST]Demetrious Johnson talks ONE debut, fighting at 135, UFC’s flyweight division, Dillashaw vs. Cejudo, more

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[DOUBLEPOST=1551324190][/DOUBLEPOST]Eduard Folayang vs. Shinya Aoki
Xiong Jing Nan vs. Angela Lee
Aung La N Sang vs. Ken Hasegawa
Kevin Belingon vs. Bibiano Fernandes
Demetrious Johnson vs. Yuya Wakamatsu
Eddie Alvarez vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
Andy Souwer vs. Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex (kickboxing)
Danny Kingad vs. Andrew Leone
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Ivanildo Delfino
Kairat Akhmetov vs. Reece McLaren
Mei Yamaguchi vs. Kseniya Lachkova
Anthony Engelen vs. Garry Tonon
Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Hakim Hamech (muay thai)
Panicos Yusuf vs. Mohammed Bin Mahmoud (muay thai)
Hiroki Akimoto vs. Joseph Lasiri (kickboxing)
Yoon Chang Min vs. Bala Shetty
 

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Eddie Alvarez Plans To Beat Timofey Nastyukhin In “Dominant Fashion”
When Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez joined ONE Championship last October, he made it clear that he was coming for the ONE Lightweight World Title.

To earn that opportunity, the American megastar has to win the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, and his journey to the gold begins on Sunday, 31 March.

He is scheduled to face Timofey Nastyukhin in a quarter-final bout at ONE: A NEW ERA, which emanates from the iconic Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.

As much as he dreams about wrapping that World Title around his waist, Alvarez refuses to let that distract him from the obstacle currently standing in his way.

“You have short term goals and long term goals,” Alvarez explains.

“Short term is to defeat Timofey Nastyukhin in dominant fashion. The long term goal is to get to that gold belt and be the first fighter in history to have every single belt — all the belts from every major organization around the world.”



Eddie Alvarez' real-life Rocky story continues on 31 March in Tokyo when he faces Russian phenom Timofey Nastyukhin in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix!Tokyo | 31 March | 4:00PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/oneera19

In preparation for his highly anticipated promotional debut, the 35-year-old veteran has become obsessed with Nastyukhin.

The moment the brackets for the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix were revealed, Alvarez and his coaches immediately started researching video on the Russian knockout artist.

“I’ve done my homework,” the four-time Lightweight Mixed Martial Arts World Champion says.

“I know all his strengths. I know all his weaknesses. I know the camp he’s from. I know all their strengths and all their weaknesses. I know the coaches who are surrounding him. I’m familiar.”

The American has always performed extensive research on his adversaries, as he believes it is a valuable tool that helps lead him to victory.

In fact, he disagrees with any athlete who claims that there is no benefit to watching video or training footage of their opposition.

“Fighters who say they don’t watch their opponents are either lying or they’re ignorant,” Alvarez explains.

“I think in order to defeat [your opponent] and put yourself in the best position to succeed, you’ve got to know your enemy and you’ve got to know yourself. The more familiar you are with both of those people, the more likely you are to succeed.”

One mistake “The Underground King” has made in the past is believing that his experience will carry him through a contest.

He learned from that setback and continues to use it as motivation to this very day. That is why Alvarez is spending every waking moment of every single day with his sights firmly set on Nastyukhin.

“I’ve seen fighters get into that [mindset], thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve faced it all, I know it all, it won’t be different,’” he continues.

“Well, everyone is different and every situation is different. The truth is if you think that you’ve experienced it all, and you’re just going to go in there and be successful because of your past experiences, you’re a fool.

“This is a sport where you have to continue to innovate, you have to continue to change, and you’ve got to continue to get better — or else, you’re just slowly dying. What’s in the past should stay in the past, and you’ve got to grow every day in order to succeed.”

That particular mindset is a big reason Alvarez will not comment too much about the three semi-finalists in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.

“The Underground King” knows if he is victorious against Nastyukhin, then his next opponent will be undefeated Hawaiian grappler Lowen Tynanes.

He has also witnessed the impressive wins from Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton and Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev, both of whom advanced to the semi-final round on the opposite side of the bracket last month.

Alvarez will give all of them his undivided attention after he gets through Nastyukhin at ONE: A NEW ERA.

“I watch everybody’s fights,” the American states.

“I’m not one of those guys [who say], ‘I don’t pay attention.’ No, I pay attention to everyone. I want to see what everyone’s good at. I want to do more than everyone. I want to be better than everyone. I watched them all.

“I’ve got my eye on the future a little bit. But for right now, it’s about one guy.”
 

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ONE Championship flyweight tournament gets shuffle with Andrew Leone out
ONE Championship’s upcoming flyweight tournament field has a new member in the field.

Andrew Leone (8-4) is out of his opening-round fight against Danny Kingad (11-1) at “ONE Championship: A New Era,” the promotion today announced. Stepping in for Leone, who is out due to injury, is Senzo Ikeda (12-6-1), from Japan.

“ONE Championship: A New Era” takes place March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and is the promotion’s debut in Japan. There are four title fights at the top of the card, plus the promotional debut of former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the ongoing lightweight tournament, and the opening round of the flyweight tournament, which features ex-UFC champ Demetrious Johnson.

Ikeda will make his ONE debut. He is a former undefeated boxer and Pancrase flyweight champion. Most recently, he picked up a fifth-round TKO of fellow tournament fighter Yuya Wakamatsu in Pancrase a year ago. He has four straight wins.

The flyweight tournament field on one side features Johnson (27-3-1) against Yuya Wakamatsu (10-3), and Ivanildo Delfino (8-0) meets Tatsumitsu Wada (20-10-2). On the other side of the bracket, Kairat Akhmetov (25-2) takes on Reece McLaren (12-5), and Kingad meets Ikeda.
The “ONE Championship: A New Era” lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (ONE app)

  • Champ Eduard Folayang vs. Shinya Aoki – for lightweight title
  • Champ Angela Lee vs. Jin Nan Xiong – for strawweight title
  • Champ Aung La N Sang vs. Ken Hasegawa – for middleweight title
  • Champ Kevin Belingon vs. Bibiano Fernandes – for bantamweight title
  • Demetrious Johnson vs. Yuya Wakamatsu – flyweight tournament opening round
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Timofey Nastyukhin – lightweight tournament opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (ONE app)

  • Senzo Ikeda vs. Danny Kingad – flyweight tournament opening round
  • Ivanildo Delfino vs. Tatsumitsu Wada – flyweight tournament opening round
  • Kairat Akhmetov vs. Reece McLaren – flyweight tournament opening round
  • Kseniya Lachkova vs. Mei Yamaguchi
  • Anthony Engelen vs. Garry Tonon
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Bibiano Fernandes explains what he’ll do differently in Kevin Belingon rematch
Bibiano Fernandes and Kevin Belingon share one of the best rivalries in ONE Championship.

The pair first met in China in January of 2016. On that night, Brazil’s Fernandes dispatched of his Filipino rival with a kimura in the first round, defending the bantamweight belt in the process.

Their second meeting occurred at ONE: Heart of the Lion in Singapore in November of 2018. This time around the fight was much more competitive, as the pair battled for five, razor close rounds, culminating with a split decision win for Belingon.

This decision loss to Belingon was Fernandes’ first since a loss to Hiroyuki Takaya almost eight years earlier.

That being said, he says that not much surprised him about Belingon’s performance.

“The only thing he did that surprised me was the spin kicks,” Fernandes told BJPenn.com. “I knew it was coming but the timing for the spin kick, he did very well. That’s the only thing that surprised me in the fight.”

In the moments after his razor-close loss to Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes was the picture of class. While he remains complimentary of his foe, he admits that, having rewatched the fight several times, he truly feels that the judges got the decision wrong.

“[At the time] I respected what the judges did, but when I watched I said ‘that’s not right.’ But I can’t do anything. It’s not in my hands,” he said.

“If me and you go and watch the fight together, you can say I did more to win the fight, but he had the flashy spin kicks,” he continued. “The flashy spin kicks don’t win the fight. That’s the only thing.

“I did more to win the fight with MMA. I don’t fight Muay Thai, I don’t fight boxing, I fight MMA. In MMA, you say ‘let’s put this all together, let’s see how everything goes’. I almost finished him three times, and that made my score [in the fight] go very high. He hurt me one time. When you get [tagged], and when you almost finish [via submission], in ONE Championship, the points are the equal. It’s the same amount of points.

“I almost finished three times. I got six or seven takedowns, I took the back, I passed the guard, I controlled the grappling.”

In addition to his multiple near finishes, Bibiano Fernandes feels that his aggression in the fight should have scored higher in the judges’ eyes.

“I also pushed the whole time,” he said. “I made him fight. He ran a lot in the fight. Especially the last round, I had to chase him.

“He would come and go, he’d tried to pick his punches. He tried to get the punch and run. He didn’t want to stay and fight, because if he stayed, I might take him down. That was his mentality.”

Fernandes also feels he did much more damage to his foe than he received himself.

“He hit me with a very good shot, but I left the cage with no [damage]. If you watch, his friends had to help him out, his coach had to walk with him,” Fernandes said. “The next day, his face was beat up. I looked normal.”

While Bibiano Fernandes believes he did enough to earn a decision victory in his rematch with Kevin Belingon, he also feels that there’s no sense lingering on this setback.

“Let me tell you something,” he said sagely. “It’s very important for you, for your life, and for everybody on this planet: The fight is one little thing in this life. I’ll say it again. A fight is only a little thing. Life is much bigger. I don’t go crazy [about the loss], because for sure I want to win the fight, I did everything I could, I’m sad, but what can I do? That’s life. Somebody has to win, somebody has to lose. I did my best to win.”

Furthermore, Fernandes will soon have the chance to right this perceived wrong. He and Belingon are scheduled for a bantamweight title rematch at the stacked ONE: A New Era card on March 31 in Tokyo.

Fernandes plans to make a few key adjustments as he looks to reclaim the bantamweight title from Belingon.

“I have to be patient this time,” he said. “I still have to go out there and do the job, but I have to be patient. I want to finish that guy, but my coach says ‘calm down, let things come to you, don’t force it, don’t try.’ That’s what I’m going to do.”

Bibiano Fernandes is also happy he’ll have to endure less travel time to get to this fight. He lives and trains in Vancouver, and Japan is much closer to his home than Singapore.

“I wanted to fight Kevin and I would have waited for Kevin [if the fight happened somewhere else], but Japan is the best for me,” he said. “It’s a short flight. It’s only nine hours, I don’t have to fly all the way to Singapore, I don’t have to fly all the way to Thailand. That’s like 18 hours. To Japan it’s a straight flight, like nine hours. I’m glad it’s in Japan.”

Once he’s settled in Tokyo, Fernandes can focus on the task at hand: reclaiming the ONE Bantamweight Title. That being said, he claims that he’s more motivated by redemption than he is by the chance to reclaim his belt.

“I win a lot,” he said. “I’ve won a lot of tournaments. I win, win, win, win. At some times in my life I’ve thought ‘f**k, I win too much’ [laughs]. It makes you wonder what’s next? You win, win, win, [people ask] ‘do you want to go fight at 155 [pounds]?’ I don’t want to go to 155 and fight the bigger guys there. You know what I mean?

“When I lost to Kevin, it gave me a boost,” he added. “Thank you Kevin. Everything in my brain, my body, it changed. This is only my view: bad things are opportunities for you to grow. The moment the judge took the belt from me, I was like ‘ok, that’s the way it is.’ I went home, cleared my mind, healed my body. Now, it’s given me a boost. Now I feel ok, I feel motivation. I want to do this. I want to be champion again, but I don’t want to be the champion for myself, I want to be champion to prove to myself I can be the champion.”

Heading into his trilogy fight with Kevin Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes is reluctant to make a concise prediction. But he says he’ll be gunning for a finish — even if Belingon makes it difficult for him.

“I always want to finish,” he said. “But if the guy always tries to evade, it’s very difficult to catch the guy.

“He always tries to pick punches, run, pick punches, run… but it works, he convinced the judges,” he added. “For me, I go out there to fight. I want to fight, but I can’t chase the guy for five rounds again. I won’t accept that.

“I’m going to pace myself and see what he gives me.”

No matter how the fight unfolds, Fernandes is adamant that it’s one fans should definitely tune in for. His last fight with Belingon, a 2018 Fight of the Year contender, is all the proof of that fact that’s required.

“Our last fight was the best fight for 2018 in ONE Championship,” he said. “Every time I compete, I bring a good fight. Every time, if you watch me, I’m the champion, but I still go fight the guys. I want to give a show for myself, and for the people watching on TV.”

If Bibiano Fernandes defeats Kevin Belingon, he’ll reclaim the ONE bantamweight belt, and move to 2-1 over his rival. While he believes this will likely put an end to their rivalry, he says he’d be willing to fight Belingon again under the right circumstances — perhaps in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai fight.

“I could go 2-1 over him, but I could still fight Kevin in Muay Thai if he wants to,” he said. “If he wants I could do a Muay Thai fight with him.”

Watch Bibiano Fernandes and Kevin Belingon fight for a third time on March 31 in Tokyo, Japan. The bout airs on B/R Live in the United States.
 

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Nigga, you lost to a part time paralegal from Malaysia - Nobody give a fuck what you do different today, tomorrow, yesterday, etc.
 

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This is tonight at midnight?

Looks like Ill be doing night shift with the little kiddo.





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Looks like it is going to be free live on their Youtube channel.

 

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Fuck yea we are; Tonon on now, :popcorn:.
[DOUBLEPOST=1554016580,1554016535][/DOUBLEPOST]FUCK HIM UP, G.
[DOUBLEPOST=1554016673][/DOUBLEPOST]Why's Garry got patches of his hair missing, tf o_O.
[DOUBLEPOST=1554016719][/DOUBLEPOST]I think he's playing with his food, :popcorn:.
[DOUBLEPOST=1554016763][/DOUBLEPOST]Ground and pound finish for Tonon. Complete dominance.
[DOUBLEPOST=1554016844][/DOUBLEPOST]DDS sensei in the buildin', :popcorn:. Seriously, why does Tonon have patches of hair on his head completely missing?
[DOUBLEPOST=1554016876][/DOUBLEPOST]Nigga's head looking like a catcher's mitt.
 

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