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ONE Championship: A New Era Predictions!

The biggest fight event in Asia´s history is tomorrow, Sunday 31. March in Tokyo Japan. ONE Championship: A New Era. It´s a new era for ONE Championship in many ways tomorrow. First ONE Championship event in Japan, and featuring on the card is their most known fighters on their roster. 4 title fights and 2 fighters that are former UFC Champions, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson will be making their promotional debut on the night. The card is very exciting from the first prelim on the night, to the main event. We are in for a treat here!

We are ready with our predictions, and as always, the shadowed fighter is the one that we predict to lose their fight.

Main event:
Lightweight World Championship
Eduard Folayang vs Shinya Aoki
Eduard Folayang is the Champion and is currently riding a 3 fight winning streak and only lost 2 fights in his last 11, against featherweight champion Martin Nguyen and Timofey Nastyukhin. His wins have been against the best of the best in this division including a win over his opponent Shinya Aoki in 2016, the other notable wins are over Amir Khan, Ev Ting, Adrian Pang and Tetsuya Yamada. Folayang is very technical and always brings the correct game plan against his opponents, he doesn´t very often win by a stoppage. Shinya Aoki is a grappling phenom and has 4 defeats on his record in his last 26 fights, his losses have been against the very best of the fighters in the world, Ben Askren (2017), Eduard Folayang (2016), Eddie Alvarez (2012) and Gilbert Melendez (2010). Shinya Aoki has seen it all and has a record of 42-8 in various organisations around the world, 26 of his fights has ended by submission. He is a submission artist and that is the way we predict that epic night will come to its end. Shinya Aoki will be Crowned ONE Championship Lightweight champion by submitting Eduard Folayang. It will be very hard though because Folayang has never been submitted in his career.

Prediction: Shinya Aoki wins via 3rd round submission

Bout 14
Co-main event
Women Strawweight World Championship
Xiong Jing Nan vs Angela Lee
Champion vs Champion, Striker vs Grappler. We have it all in this fight. Xiong Jing Nan has been dominating the Strawweight division since she joined the ONE Championship. She is a very powerful striker and finishes most of her fights by TKO, which is a very rare talent in women´s MMA on that calibre. On the other hand, we have the youngest person ever to become a World champion in one of the major MMA organisations in the world. Undefeated Angela Lee. She is the ONE Championship Atomweight Champion, one of the biggest stars in the ONE Championship. She is well rounded and can basically finish her fights everywhere. Her gameplan will undoubtedly be to get the fight to the ground as quick as possible, nobody wants to trade shots with Xiong Jing Nan. Angela Lee has not fought since May 2018 against Mei Yamaguchi at ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams in Singapore. We stayed at the fighter’s hotel for that event and she didn´t look very comfortable during the weight cut before the weigh-ins, she was struggling there. She was not very convincing in the fight either and many people thought she lost that fight. We hope that she will be more comfortable fighting in the Strawweight division.

Prediction: Xiong Jing Nan wins via 3rd round TKO

Bout 13
Co-Main event
Aung La N Sang vs Ken Hasegawa
Aung La N Sang is a national hero in Myanmar, he is a double champion in the ONE Championship (Middleweight and Light Heavyweight) he usually fights on ONE Championship Cards in Myanmar when he does that he tries everything to put on a show for the people of Myanmar. That was exactly what he did when he fought Japanese Ken Hasegawa in Myanmar on June 28th. His last two fights before that fight had been very short fights that ended in the first round in front of his home crowd. He wanted to put on a show against Hasegawa and give the people of Myanmar a fight that would last longer than 1 round. As the fight went on Aung La N Sang had a little bit of a problem because Hasegawa had the opportunity to read him. But in the fifth round, both fighters were exhausted, he managed to knock out Hasegawa with a huge right hook. Aung La N Sang does not want to repeat that in Japan and finish the fight in a short time as possible.

Prediction: Aung La N Sang wins via 1st round KO

Here is the epic fight between Aung La N Sang and Ken Hasegawa:

 

Bout 12
Co-main event
Bantamweight World Championship
Kevin Belingon vs Bibiano Fernandes
Prepare for an epic fight! Kevin Belingon and Bibiano Fernandes are the top two fighters in this division. It’s the 3rd time that they fight each other, Bibiano Fernandes won the first fight, Belingon won the 2nd. This fight will decide who is better. At least that night, Kevin Belingon is riding a 7 fight winning streak against the best fighters in the ONE Championship including double Champ( at that time) Martin Nguyen. Kevin Belingon is never in a boring fight. So just sit back and enjoy. This fight will be Awesome! Bibiano Fernandes is the former Bantamweight Champion and was riding a 14 fight winning streak before he fought Kevin Belingon in last November and lost by a split decision. He wants his belt back. This fight is very difficult to predict and everything can happen, KO from Belingon, Submission from Fernandes or a 5 round war that will end in the hands of the judges.

Prediction: Kevin Belingon wins via unanimous decision.

Bout 11
World Grand Prix Quarter Final
Flyweight
Yuya Wakamatsu vs Demetrious Johnson
This fight will be Mighty Mouse´s first fight in the ONE Championship and the first fight since he lost against Henry Cejudo in August 2018. Yuya Wakamatsu is a young fighter that lost his only fight in the ONE Championship so far against Danny Kingad where he was dominated. Wakamatsu has a record of 10-3. There is no chance that this fight will end with Wakamatsu as a winner. And this matchup is very strange in itself. We think that this fight was put together to welcome Demetrious Johnson into the ONE Championship with a nice highlight video from that fight.

Prediction Demetrious Johnson wins via 1 round TKO/Submission probably very flashy submission (flying armbar or something like that)

Bout 10
World Grand Prix Quarter Final
Lightweight
Eddie Alvarez vs Timofey Nastyukhin
This matchup surprised us here as well as the Demetrious Johnson fight. This fight has a 1st round KO written all over it. Eddie Alvarez is a world-class fighter, former UFC and Bellator Champion. His opponent Timofey Nastyukhin has won 3 out of his last 6 fights and is 4-3 in the ONE Championship. It does not need a rocket scientist to calculate the outcome of the fight.

Prediction: Eddie Alvarez wins via 1st round KO

Prelim 8
World Grand Prix Quarter Final
Flyweight
Senzo Ikeda vs Danny Kingad
Prediction: Danny Kingad wins via decision

Prelim 7
World Grand Prix Quarter Final
Flyweight
Kairat Akhmetov vs Reece McLaren
Prediction: Reece McLaren wins via decision

Prelim 4
Women Atomweight
Mei Yamaguchi vs Kseniya Lachkova
Prediction: Mei Yamaguchi wins via decision

Prelim 3
Featherweight
Anthony Engelen vs Garry Tonon
Prediction: Garry Tonon wins via 2nd round submission

Prelim 1
Lightweight
Yoon Chang Min vs Bala Shetty
Prediction: Bala Shetty wins via decision

 

 

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