Alvarez-Johnson Head To ONE GP Finals
Former UFC champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson’s path to the ONE Championship Grand Prix finals at lightweight and flyweight continued on Friday when ONE presented Dawn Of Heroes from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Alvarez, who re-entered the tournament following an injury to his ONE debut opponent Timofey Nastyukhin, was removed due to injury, defeated popular ONE fighter Eduard Folyang in the first round via a rear-naked choke, sending him into the finals against Amir Khan.
Eddie Alvarez overcomes Eduard Folayang’s fearsome wushu striking to score a submission victory and a spot in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix finals! @Ealvarezfight #WeAreONE #DawnOfHeroes #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/GsC9RNqL9F
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 2, 2019
Johnson went the distance for his win against Tatsumitsu Wada, moving him into the flyweight finals against Danny Kingad, who punched his ticket to the finals against Reece McLaren.
In the main event, Martin Nguyen stopped Koyomi Matsushima in the second round via TKO to retain the one featherweight title.
Martin Nguyen (13-3) makes his third defense of the ONE FW strap, draining and decimating Koyomi Matsushima late in round two! The former two-division champ has stopped 12, nine by knockout. He seeks multiple belts once again in a trilogy with LW king Christian Lee. #DawnOfHeroes pic.twitter.com/RyssOXgrJh
— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) August 2, 2019
Check out the ONE Championship results below.
Main Card (B/R Live, 8:30 a.m. ET)
Martin Nguyen def. Koyomi Matsushima via TKO (R2, 4:40)
Eddie Alvarez def. Eduard Folayang via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 2:16)
Demetrious Johnson def. Tatsumitsu Wada via unanimous decision
Danny Kingad def. Reece McLaren via split decision
Preliminaries (Facebook, Twitter, 5 a.m. ET)
Yuya Wakamatsu def. Geje Eustaquio via knockout (R1, 1:59)
Dae Sung Park def. Honorio Banario via unanimous decision
Daichi Takenaka def. Leandro Issa via TKO (R3, 1:40)
James Nakashima def. Yushin Okami via unanimous decision
Xie Bin def. Edward Kelly via technical decision
Miao Li Tao def. Pongsiri Mitsatit via unanimous decision
Ayaka Miura def. Samara Santos via submission (americana) (R2, 0:39)
Muhammad Aiman def. Sunoto Peringkat via unanimous decision
Muay thai bouts
Rodtang Jitmuangnon def. Jonathan Haggerty via unanimous decision
Rodlek Jaotalaytong def. Andrew Miller via knockout (R3, 0:49)