ONE’s flyweight tourney gets underway in Japan

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Demetrious Johnson to face Yuya Wakamatsu in Japan.

The bracket for the ONE Championship’s Flyweight Grand Prix has been revealed.

On one side of the bracket, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson will make his promotional debut when he faces Japan’s Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu. Johnson is a former UFC flyweight champion whose credentials are unmatched in the sport.

In the other quarter-final bout on that side of the bracket, DEEP flyweight champion Tatsumitsu Wada will meet undefeated Brazilian Ivanildo Delfino, who will make his ONE Championship debut.

The winner of those two match-ups will meet in the tournament semi-finals later in 2019.

ONE FLYWEIGHT WORLD GRAND PRIX

On the opposite side of the bracket, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov will look to build on his momentum when he meets Australia’s Reece “Lightning” McLaren.

Akhmetov holds victories over reigning flyweight champion Adriano Moraes and former titleholder Geje Eustaquio, and he could find himself in a trilogy bout with the Brazilian should he win the tournament.

The last quarter-final bout will see a battle of former title challengers, as the Philippines’ Danny Kingad goes up against Bali-based American Andrew Leone.

The winners among this group of four will meet in the other semi-final later this year.

ONE: A New Era takes place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan and will also feature four title bouts, the final ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-final, and a clash of kickboxing legends.

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