Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez Return at ONE Championship 99

Former UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez are set to return to ONE Championship for their sophomore appearances later this summer. On Monday, June 10, it was announced that Mighty Mouse and Alvarez will be returning to the cage at ONE Championship 99.

“ONE Championship 99: Dawn of Heroes” will take place on August 2 at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Alvarez will be facing off against former ONE champion Eduard Folayang, while Johnson will be taking on Tatsumitsu Wada in the flyweight grand prix semifinal.

Other bouts at ONE Championship 99 include Kairat Akhmetov vs. Danny Kingad in the second flyweight grand prix semifinal, and Honorio Banario vs. Timofey Nastyukhin in a lightweight grand prix semifinal. Leandro Issa vs. Daichi Takenaka, Ayaka Miura vs. Samara Santos, and Reece McLaren vs. Yaya Wakamatsu are also scheduled for the event.

In his first ONE Championship bout, Johnson, the former flyweight champion, was able to submit Yuya Wakamatsu in the opening round of the flyweight tournament. He had signed with the promotional after losing his title to current UFC two-division champion Henry Cejudo.

Alvarez, meanwhile, suffered a shocking first-round TKO loss to Timofey Nastyukhin in the opening round of the lightweight tournament.

A full look at the current “ONE Championship 99: Dawn of Heroes” fight card can be seen below.


‘ONE Championship 99: Dawn of Heroes’ Fight Card

  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Eduard Folayang
  • Demetrious Johnson vs. Tatsumitsu Wada – flyweight grand prix semifinal
  • Kairat Akhmetov vs. Danny Kingad – flyweight grand prix semifinal
  • Honorio Banario vs. Timofey Nastyukhin – lightweight grand prix semifinal
  • Reece McLaren vs. Yuya Wakamatsu
  • Leandro Issa vs. Daichi Takenaka
  • Ayaka Miura vs. Samara Santos

Additional fights for “ONE Championship 99: Dawn of Heroes” will be added to the card in the coming weeks. Bout order is subject to change. 

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