ONE Championship today announced some of the bouts scheduled for its 31 March debut in Japan. It’s a historic occasion for the promotion, as it ventures into the nation that has played host to some of the top promotions and most memorable events in combat sports history. Not surprisingly, the organisation is loading up the fight card, with former UFC champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson scheduled for bouts in the promotion’s flyweight and lightweight tournaments. ONE MMA champions Aung L Na Sang, Angela Lee, and Eduard Folayang are also scheduled to defend their titles.
A kickboxing bout was also made official: Former K-1 World Max GP champion Andy “Souwer Power” Souwer of the Netherlands will face Thai legend Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex in a ONE Super Series bout to be held under kickboxing rules.
The two greats previously met a decade ago in the Netherlands. On March 2, 2008, Souwer defeated Yodsanklai by extension round decision in Almere, Netherlands.
Some think Yodsanklai deserved the decision in their previous bout, so the Thai standout will have an opportunity to even accounts at the ONE Championship event.
ONE: A NEW ERA will be held at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.