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The World Champions Of ONE: A NEW ERA's Stacked Prelims

March 30, 2019

ONE Championship’s debut card in Tokyo, Japan is so stacked, its prelims will feature more World Champion athletes than most complete events.

There are 22 martial artists on the bill at ONE: A NEW ERA who have claimed World Title gold in their careers, and 10 of those will feature on the preliminary card this Sunday, 31 March.

These competitors have reached the highest level in Muay Thai, karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, pankration, and mixed martial arts, and they will aim to step forward in their quests to add a ONE World Title to their records in Tokyo, Japan.

Following on from our rundown of the World Champions on the main card, check out the top-class competitors who will get the action started in the Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Senzo Ikeda

Senzo Ikeda will make his bow in The Home Of Martial Arts in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter-final match against Danny “The King” Kingad after he answered the call to compete on just two weeks’ notice.

If anything, the Japanese star has upgraded this contest thanks to his pedigree as Pancrase Flyweight World Champion.

Kairat Akhmetov

Former ONE World Champion Kairat Akhmetov's got ALL the tools to win the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix!

Former ONE World Champion Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov's got ALL the tools to win the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix! Tokyo | 31 March | 3:30PM | Watch on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onenewera19

Posted by ONE Championship on Sunday, March 24, 2019

Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov once sat on top of his division, and now he has a route back to the summit.

He will take on Reece “Lightning” McLaren in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter-final bout this weekend, knowing a World Title shot on the table for the tournament’s eventual winner.

Rodtang Jitmuangnon

Does Rodtang deserve a shot at ONE Super Series gold if he takes out fellow Muay Thai World Champion Hakim Hamech?

Does Rodtang Jitmuangnon deserve a shot at ONE Super Series gold if he takes out fellow Muay Thai World Champion Hakim Hamech Official?Tokyo | 31 March | 3:30PM | Watch on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onenewera19

Posted by ONE Championship on Monday, March 18, 2019

Rodtang “The Iron Man’ Jitmuangnon was riding high in his native Thailand as a two-time Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai World Champion before he signed with the world’s largest martial arts organization.

He has been a revelation on the global stage since his arrival, and he hopes to put on another thrilling performance against Hakim Hamech in Tokyo.

Hakim Hamech

Catch Hakim Hamech's explosive in action this Sunday against Thai phenom Rodtang!

Catch Hakim Hamech Official's explosive in action this Sunday against Thai phenom Rodtang!Tokyo | 31 March | 3:30PM | Watch on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onenewera19

Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hakim Hamech is a two-time Muay Thai World Champion, who began life in The Home Of Martial Arts with a highlight-reel knockout last September.

The Frenchman will face his toughest test yet when he meets Rodtang in a flyweight ONE Super Series match at ONE: A NEW ERA.

Hiroki Akimoto

An EPIC kickboxing battle goes down on 31 March when Japanese phenom Hiroki Akimoto and Joseph "The Hurricane" Lasiri clash in Tokyo!

An EPIC kickboxing battle goes down on 31 March when Japanese phenom Hiroki Akimoto and Joseph "The Hurricane" Lasiri clash in Tokyo! Tokyo | 31 March | 3:30PM | Watch on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onenewera19

Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Japan’s own Hiroki Akimoto is a WFKO Karate World Champion that has transferred his skills well to kickboxing, as he has proved with his perfect 20-0 record.

His flawless slate includes a spectacular performance against Josh Tonna in his ONE debut, and he expects to build on that with a win over Joseph Lasiri in front of his compatriots.

Joseph Lasiri

Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri earned the biggest accolade of his career in 2017 when he became the WBC Muay Thai Super Bantamweight World Champion.

He returns for his fifth start in The Home Of Martial Arts against Akimoto in Tokyo.

Mei Yamaguchi

heroine Mei Yamaguchi returns home for the first time in FOUR YEARS this Sunday!

heroine Mei Yamaguchi returns home for the first time in FOUR YEARS this Sunday! Tokyo | 31 March | 3:30PM | Watch on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onenewera19

Posted by ONE Championship on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi earned her spot in ONE after she won the DEEP Jewels Featherweight Grand Prix and with it, the promotion’s World Title.

The ONE Atomweight World Title has been just out of reach for the Japanese hero so far in her career, but she can get back into contention to challenge for the belt with a win over Kseniya Lachkova.

Kseniya Lachkova

Russian athlete Kseniya “The Tigress” Lachkova became a Pankration World Champion in 2013, before she took her hybrid martial arts skills into the cage.

She is set to compete in ONE for the first time on 31 March when she takes on durable veteran Mei Yamaguchi.

Garry Tonon

With both warriors holding a 100 percent finishing rate, expect fireworks when grappling wizard Garry Tonon meets knockout artist Anthony Engelen in Tokyo!

With both warriors holding a 100 percent finishing rate, expect fireworks when grappling wizard Garry Tonon meets knockout artist Anthony Engelen in Tokyo! Tokyo | 31 March | 3:30PM | Watch on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onenewera19

Posted by ONE Championship on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon has a slew of impressive accomplishments as a grappler. He has won multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Titles, including three EBI Championships. 

He has transferred his skills perfectly to mixed martial arts, and he will attempt to extend his undefeated record to 4-0 when he meets Indonesia’s Anthony Engelen in The Land Of The Rising Sun.

Panicos Yusuf

Powerful Panicos Yusuf!

Powerful Panicos Yusuf!Download the ONE Super App now http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, August 17, 2018

Cyprus’ Panicos Yusuf is a WRSA and Golden Belt Muay Thai World Champion who has showcased his slick striking techniques in two ONE Super Series battles to date.

If he can defeat “Jordan Boy” Mohammed Bin Mahmoud at ONE: A NEW ERA, he will take another step toward competing for gold in The Home Of Martial Arts.

Tokyo | 31 March | 3:30PM | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Ticketshttp://bit.ly/oneera19