Daichi Takenaka, 28, of Osaka, Japan will return to the ONE Championship cage after successfully keeping his undefeated professional mixed martial arts record in his promotion debut. He will face Roman “Boom” Alvarez, 23, of Guam at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon.”
Taking place at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018, “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” marks the second ONE Championship bouts of Takenaka and Alvarez. While the Japanese fighter is coming out of a victory, his Guamanian opponent is coming out of a loss.
When Takenaka made his ONE Championship debut on February 23, 2018 at “ONE: Quest for Gold,” he defeated Dae Hwan “Ottogi” Kim, 31, of South Korea. With a perfect record of 11 wins and 0 loss, the Japanese fighter is considered one of the hottest tickets at bantamweight.
On the other hand, Alvarez currently has 6 wins and 2 losses. When he made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” on June 29, 2018, he was submitted by Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 34, of Brazil via arm-triangle choke.
In the main event of “ONE: Beyond the Horizon,” reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China will defend her title against Samara “Marituba” Santos of Brazil. Here is the complete “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” fight card:
- Phat Soda vs Elipitua Siregar: Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg (Strawweight)
- Hakim Hamech vs Yukinori Ogasawara: ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg (Flyweight)
- Daniel Dawson vs Mustapha Haida: ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 72.5kg (Catch Weight)
- Chen Lei vs Muhammad Aiman: Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg (Bantamweight)
- Han Zi Hao vs Stergos Mikkios: ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 65.8kg (Bantamweight)
- Roman Alvarez vs Daichi Takenaka: Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg (Bantamweight)
- Ognjen Topic vs Tukkatatong Petpayathai: ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 65.8kg (Bantamweight)
- Edward Kelly vs Christian Lee: Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg (Featherweight)
- Honorio Banario vs Amir Khan: Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg (Lightweight) *co-main event
- Xiong Jing Nan vs Samara Santos: Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg (Women’s Strawweight) *ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship, main event
Ticket information for ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON is available at www.onefc.com.