The stacked card for ONE: A NEW ERA at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan has been bolstered with a glut of world-class martial arts match-ups.
The contests added to ONE Championship’s first event in Japan on 31 March will feature some of the breakout stars from the past 12 months in The Home Of Martial Arts.
The American submission artist has enjoyed a perfect 3-0 start to his cage career after he competed exclusively as a grappler, and he will face a test from a well-rounded Dutch-Indonesian opponent who has scored a stoppage in each of his five wins in the world’s largest martial arts organization.
Also, former ONE World Title challenger Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi will look to prove she is still the top contender in the women’s atomweight division when she meets Russian debutante Kseniya “White Tiger” Lachkova.
The ONE Super Series lineup is also stacked, as two-time Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon will return for the second time in 2019 following his defeat of Fahdi Khaled last month.
The art of eight limbs will also be on display when the picture-perfect technique of two-time Muay Thai World Champion Panicos Yusuf is put up against the power of Malaysia’s Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud.
Home fans will also have a hero to cheer for on the prelims as Japanese karate sensation Hiroki Akimoto steps under the lights for the second time in The Home Of Martial Arts.
He will also look to build on his stunning debut win against Josh Tonna last month when he faces Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri in a flyweight kickboxing match-up.
Finally, South Korea’s Yoon Chang Min will face India’s Bala Shetty in a lightweight mixed martial arts bout to kick off the show.
ONE: A NEW ERA is set to be the biggest event in ONE history thanks to four World Title bouts, all four ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter-final contests, and much more.
The full lineup of announced bouts for the event is listed below.
Eduard Folayang VS Shinya Aoki (ONE Lightweight World Championship)
Xiong Jing Nan VS Angela Lee (ONE Strawweight World Championship)
Aung La N Sang VS Ken Hasegawa (ONE Middleweight World Championship)
Kevin Belingon VS Bibiano Fernandes (ONE Bantamweight World Championship)
Demetrious Johnson VS Yuya Wakamatsu (ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter-final)
Eddie Alvarez VS Timofey Nastyukhin (ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-final)
Andy Souwer VS Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex (kickboxing – 72-kilogram catch weight)
Andrew Leone VS Danny Kingad (ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter-final)
Tatsumitsu Wada VS Ivanildo Delfino (ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter-final)
Kairat Akhmetov VS Reece McLaren (ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter-final)
Mei Yamaguchi VS Kseniya Lachkova (mixed martial arts – women’s atomweight)
Anthony Engelen VS Garry Tonon (mixed martial arts – featherweight)
Rodtang Jitmuangnon VS Hakim Hamech (Muay Thai – flyweight)
Panicos Yusuf VS Mohammed Bin Mahmoud (Muay Thai – bantamweight)
Hiroki Akimoto VS Joseph Lasiri (kickboxing – flyweight)
Yoon Chang Min VS Bala Shetty (mixed martial arts – lightweight)