'Mighty' and Eddie to enter ONE Grand Prix tournaments in respective weight classes
ONE Championship recently signed two incredible fighters Demetrious 'Mighty' Johnson and Eddie 'King of the UnderGround' Alvarez. Now it has been announced that each will enter an eight-man grand prix, in their respective divisions, flyweight and lightweight, which two of the deepest in ONE.
“ONE Championship is a different organization,” explained CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “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.”
Despite being arguably the greatest fighter in the history of MMA, Johnson never previously fought in Asia, and he is fired up to finally do so.
“I spent seven years in North America fighting the best in the world,” said Johnson. “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.”
For Alvarez, fighting in Asia is something of a homecoming.
“It was in Asia where I made a name for myself and started my career,” he said. “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.”
Both fighters will be ringside on Friday at ONE Championship 83: Heart of the Lion at Singapore Indoor Stadium, which you can watch live and FREE on the ONE Super App.