(James Goyder is the owner/editor of AsianMMA.com)
ONE Championship has announced three ‘apex’ events that will feature the top talent on the roster. The shows will take place in Jakarta, Manila and Tokyo. The first batch of fights were announced on Thursday.
ONE Championship CEO / Founder Chatri Sityodtong took to Facebook:
ONE: Infinity 1 is set for Jakarta on April 10. In the main event, Adriano Moraes defends his flyweight title against former UFC 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson, who won three fights out of three in 2019.
ONE: Infinity 2 will take place on May 29 in Manila. In the main event, two UFC veterans collide as Brandon Vera defends his heavyweight title against Arjan Bhullar.
The Manila event will also feature former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. He will be looking for his second straight ONE Championship win when he faces Saygid Arslanaliev in a bout that was originally scheduled for Tokyo last October.
At present there are no fights confirmed for ONE: Infinity 3, which is slated for Tokyo on Oct. 29. Five of the six bouts revealed for the first two events will have titles on the line.
At Istora Senayan in Jakarta, reigning light heavyweight kickboxing champion Roman Kryklia will defend his title for the first time against Andrei Stoica. Also on that card is a middleweight title trilogy bout with reigning champion Aung La Nsang facing former champion Vitaly Bigdash.
In Manila, rising star Christian Lee will defend his lightweight title for the first time. He is scheduled to take on undefeated Moldovan Iuri Lapicus at the MOA Arena.