DJ, Alvarez, Rodtang To Headline Event On TNT In U.S. Prime Time

American martial arts star Demetrious Johnson stands in the corner

It’s official: 2021 will be another groundbreaking year for ONE Championship, as a United States prime-time event is now booked for TNT in the second quarter.

On Wednesday, 7 April, the world’s largest martial arts organization will air a blockbuster card via its North American partners, and the spectacular bill will be topped by a massive World Title main event.

That main event will see ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes defend his crown against all-time great mixed martial artist Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

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Brazil’s Moraes has been the most dominant figure in ONE flyweight history, defeating the likes of former World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, #2-ranked contender Danny “The King” Kingad, and #3-ranked contender and former World Titleholder Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov.

While “Mikinho” was busy dominating in Asia, Johnson was the most crushing force in his native North America. “Mighty Mouse” then moved East with the gold in his sights, and he quickly earned three consecutive victories to claim the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship – and his shot at Moraes.

The fight between Moraes and Johnson is one that fans have wanted to see for years, and they will finally witness the action on U.S. prime-time television.

Also, North American legend Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez will return for a pivotal lightweight clash against the division’s #2-ranked contender, Moldova’s Iuri Lapicus.

After a shock debut defeat in March 2019, Alvarez roared back with a submission win over Filipino legend Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.

The Philadelphia native’s main goal is to wrap the ONE Lightweight World Championship strap around his waist, but the dangerous Lapicus could use “The Underground King’s” name to raise his own stock.

The final announcement is the contest between ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon and British striker Jacob Smith.

Thailand’s Rodtang — who has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting martial artists on the planet — will take on the powerful Smith in a non-World Title Muay Thai clash that will showcase “the art of eight limbs” to fans in North America.

Stay tuned to ONEFC.com for more details.

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