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For Demetrious Johnson, competing in World Grand Prix in Asia is dream come true

Demetrious Johnson (photo Alvin Berto)

Demetrious Johnson (photo Alvin Berto)

Newly signed ONE Championship athletes Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez attended the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” press conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore on November 7, 2018. During the event, the promotion announced a World Grand Prix for the flyweight and lightweight divisions.

“Now that they just announced a World Grand Prix for the flyweight division, it’s has always been a dream of mine to actually compete in Asia in a World Grand Prix,” Johnson said. “The biggest thing that you can expect from me for coming over here to compete in Asia is that I’ll do my best. I am taking no shortcuts.”

Johnson is a former UFC Flyweight Champion. He successfully defended the title 11 times.

“I spent seven years in North America fighting the best in the world,” Johnson said. “I’ve never traveled to Asia to fight the best. I think now is the perfect time to do it.”

ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong graced the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” press conference. UFC fighter Sage Northcutt was also one of the special guests.

The “ONE: Heart of the Lion” fight night will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. Here is the complete fight card:

PRELIMINARY CARD

  1. MMA featherweight: Anthony Engelen (Netherlands) vs Meas Meul (Cambodia)
  2. MMA bantamweight: Hisyam Samsudin (Malaysia) vs Xie Bin (China)
  3. MMA bantamweight: Muhammad Aiman (Malaysia) vs Shuya Kamikubo (Japan)
  4. ONE Super Series sanda featherweight: Shahzaib Rindh (Pakistan) vs Feng Lei (China)
  5. MMA lightweight: Adrian Pang (Australia) vs Kota Shimoishi (Japan)
  6. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Panicos Yusuf (Cyprus) vs Muangthai P.K.Saenchai Muaythaigym (Thailand)
  7. ONE Super Series Muay Thai featherweight: George Mann (United Kingdom) vs Smokin’ Jo Nattawut (Thailand)

MAIN CARD

  1. MMA featherweight: Garry Tonon (United States) vs Sung Jong Lee (South Korea)
  2. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Andrew Miller (United Kingdom) vs Yodlekpet T-Ded 99 (Thailand)
  3. MMA strawweight: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Himanshu Kaushik (India)
  4. MMA strawweight: Tiffany Teo (Singapore) vs Michelle Nicolini (Brazil)
  5. ONE Super Series kickboxing catchweight 71 kg: Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy (Thailand)

Co-Main Event

  1. MMA catchweight (73 kg): Christian Lee (Singapore) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan)

Main Event

  1. ONE Bantamweight World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes (Brazil) vs Kevin Belingon (Philippines)

Ticket information for ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.

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