Folayang and Alvarez enter ONE Lightweight Grand Prix
Timofey Nastyukhin is injured. The Russian becomes the third semi finalist to pull out of the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix so the bout between Eduard Folayang and Eddie Alvarez will now have a spot in the final on the line.
Folayang and Alvarez face off at ONE: ‘Dawn of Heroes’ on August 2nd. The former recently lost his title to Shinya Aoki while the latter was beaten by Nastyukhin in the quarter finals of the tournament.
Ariel Sexton, Lowen Tynanes and Nastyukhin have all pulled out of the Grand Prix with injuries. Saygid Arslanaliev is the only winning quarter finalist still in the tournament and he will face either Folayang or Alvarez in the final.
ONE: ‘Dawn of Heroes’ will be headlined by a featherweight title fight pitting champion Martin Nguyen against challenger Koyomi Matsushima. Meanwhile Demetrious Johnson faces Tatsumitsu Wada and Danny Kingad takes on Reece McLaren in the Flyweight Grand Prix semi finals.
The card will also feature a Muay Thai fight. England’s Jonathan Haggerty will make the first defence of his flyweight title he won at ONE: ‘For Honor’. He faces hard hitting Thai fighter Rodtang Jitmuangnon.