Amir Khan. Photos: ONE Championship.
All eight participants of the highly-anticipated ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix has been announced.
In the tournament’s first quarterfinals matchup for 2019, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines welcomes back to the ONE cage undefeated Hawaiian Lowen Tynanes in the co-main event of ONE: HERO’S ASCENT on 25 January in Manila.
A top contender in the lightweight division, Honorio Banario has lost only once in his last seven outings, and looks to continue his momentum.
After nearly three years away from the ONE cage, Hawaii’s Lowen Tynanes makes his long-awaited return as part of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.
The winner of the Banario-Tynanes matchup will have another tough test waiting ahead, as he will face the winner of the potentially-explosive match up between American Eddie Alvarez and Russian Timofey Nastyukhin set for ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo, Japan on 31 March.
One of the biggest signings in ONE Championship history, Alvarez makes his much-awaited promotional debut what could be the biggest card of the year.
Welcoming Alvarez to the ONE ranks is the hard-hitting Nastyukhin, a long-time top contender in the ONE lightweight division.
On the other side of the bracket is a pair of quarterfinals matches that are set to take place at ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS in Singapore on 22 February.
Singapore’s own Amir Khan steps back into the title picture to take on Costa Rica’s Ariel Sexton, while Malaysia’s Ev Ting mixes it up with Russian Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev.
Fresh off his first attempt at a world championship, Amir Khan finds himself right back in the mix as he once again chases world title gold.
Coming off his most active year since 2014, Ariel Sexton tries to keep the momentum going and climb up the lightweight ladder.
Looking to bounce back after a devastating loss to Shinya Aoki in Bangkok last October, former title challenger Ev Ting comes in hungrier than ever.
Riding high from his knockout win over Timofey Nastyukhin back in September, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev targets a repeat performance and another finish against a big name in Ev Ting.
When all is said and done, the winner of the historic tournament will get a well-deserved shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship either against Eduard Folayang or Shinya Aoki, who are set to battle for the title in Japan.