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Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez Added To ONE Championship Tournaments

November 7, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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MMA Junkie reports that both Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez have been added to upcoming World Grand Prix tournaments in ONE Championship. Johnson will be in the flyweight tournament while Alvarez will be in the lightweight tournament. Debut dates and opponents were not announced for either fighter.

ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong said: “ONE Championship is a different organization. ONE Championship is for martial artists, by martial artists. Every fight promotion in the world wants to put on a fight. In ONE Championship, we want to build and unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, inspiration, and courage. We want real martial artists to stand up. Martial arts is not about fighting and violence. It is about unleashing your greatness in life. This is the real beauty of martial arts. I want the entire world to look at our heroes and be inspired through their lives because they bare their souls to the world with every triumph and every failure.

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

Alvarez said: “It was in Asia where I made a name for myself and started my career. Everything has come full circle for me. I can’t say how excited and grateful I am to be part of the ONE Championship family. This is where true martial arts lives. I’ve been away from Asia so long. It’s good to be back. I feel like I found my way again with ONE Championship. I can respect my opponents, and I can go in and fight like a man. I know my lifelong martial arts journey will be truly appreciated here.

The two will make their non-fighting debuts as special guests at ONE Championship 83: Heart of the Lion. It happens Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadum. The card streams on the ONE Championship app after preliminary fights on Facebook and Twitter.