The middleweight fight between Yushin Okami and Aung La Nsang might soon be a done deal. The two men are in negotiations to face one another at ONE on Prime Video 4 in Tokyo.
Earlier this week La Nsang took to Instagram to call out Okamai. The Japanese fighter has responded and makes it very clear he is ready and willing to fight the former ONE Championship middleweight and light heavyweight champion on November 19th:
I respect you @AungLANsang Asian who had two belts in ONE championship middleweight and light heavyweight.
Let's fight in Tokyo! https://t.co/s1J8pIoXmj
— 岡見勇信 Yushin Okami (@_Yushin_Okami_) August 13, 2022
ONE on Amazon Prime 4 is currently scheduled to get underway at 10am Singapore time. That would be 11am in Tokyo with the event set for a Saturday morning in order to be broadcast live on Friday night in the US.
Fight cards in Japan often start a little earlier than in the west so this would not be unprecedented. UFC 144 took place in Tokyo in 2012 and was held on a Sunday morning in order to accommodate the American pay per view audience.
Okami holds a record of 37-14 and is a UFC veteran who has also fought for Pride and K-1. The 41 year old is coming off a win but it was back in 2019, he beat Agilan Thani by split decision at ONE: ‘Century’.
ONE Championship has not been back to Tokyo since that event. The pandemic has forced the promotion to use Singapore for all its events for the past two years.
⚡ "Thunder" ⚡ strikes again! Japanese martial arts star Yushin Okami leans on his grappling game to defeat Agilan Thani via split decision in front of his home crowd! 🇯🇵 @_Yushin_Okami_ #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #ONECentury pic.twitter.com/u15vTskY5x
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 13, 2019
On the road
But the promotion will be back on the road towards the tail end of 2022. The move coincides with a new broadcast deal that will see live events streamed live on Amazon Prime in North America every month.
These cards are set to feature some of the promotion’s biggest names. ONE on Amazon Prime 1 is set for August 27th (local time) and will be headlined by a flyweight title rematch between champion Adriano Moraes and challenger Demetrious Johnson.
Other fights reportedly in the works for upcoming ONE on Amazon Prime cards include the eagerly anticipated atomweight title match between Angela Lee and Seo Hee Ham. The champion recently confirmed that she is training for a fight.
Last year ONE Championship was broadcast live on TNT in the US. Those cards included the likes of Aung La Nsang, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson.