Singapore: ONE Championship™ (ONE), Asia’s largest global sports media property, today held the “ONE on TNT I” Virtual Press Conference and Official Faceoffs at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
In attendance for the press conference was ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, as well as ONE athletes Adriano Moraes, Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Iuri Lapicus, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, and Danial Williams.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “When I first started ONE Championship, I could have never imagined we would be live on prime time in the U.S. on TNT — the home of the NBA, the home of AEW. I’m so fired up to showcase our unique brand of martial arts to American fans for the very first time. American fans are in for a huge treat because they’ve never seen some of the stuff we’re going to show across the whole plethora of martial arts in April. To tell you the truth, I don’t think any of these fights here are going to go the distance. When I look at everyone here, they’re all finishers, and they all want this, and so the American fans are in for a massive treat. We want to showcase the very best of humanity, the best athletes in the world who are genuine superstars and genuine role models to the world.”
Adriano Moraes, ONE Flyweight World Champion, stated: “I’m excited. I feel blessed and healthy. I just want to say thank you to Demetrious Johnson for challenging me for my belt, and to be here to fight against me. I can’t wait to showcase [my skills] to my American fans. I knew this time would come, and the time is now. I’m ready.”
Demetrious Johnson, ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion, stated: “I want to thank ONE Championship for the opportunity to come out here and compete in Singapore. I’m looking forward to the challenge against Adriano Moraes. He’s been a great champion. I know it’s going to be a tough fight, and I’m ready to display my skill set live on TNT. The threat level is high. Adriano is a great champion, great grappler, and long for the division. He has a reach advantage. For me, I have to get [inside] without taking any punishment, push the pace, and put the pressure on.”
Eddie Alvarez, former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion, stated: “I’m excited to be here. This is everything I envisioned when I signed with ONE Championship — to bring this show to America, to show the American fans how great it is. It’s a dream come true. I’m more motivated than ever. I’m always in the gym, I’m always getting ready, and I’m always on edge. There’s a huge part of me inside that [tells me] I have to achieve this. I’ve been reawakened during this whole COVID thing. You will see it.”
Iuri Lapicus, #2-ranked lightweight contender, stated: “I cannot wait to fight. I think that Eddie Alvarez is always at his best. He has massive experience, and especially now that he wants to win his third World Title. I think I can [beat Eddie] because I am young and hungry. I want a second chance for the title.”
Danial Williams, WMC Muay Thai World Champion, stated: “You know, it’s a big occasion. I’m just here to create the story of an underdog. Rodtang is the man. I have the utmost respect for him. Of course, he’s the flyweight champion, and the difference is obviously the mentality I have just to create that story. That’s what I’m here to do.”
Rodtang Jitmuangnon, ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion, stated: “I’m very happy and honored to be here today because this is the biggest event for me. To be on the world stage [especially in front of the U.S. fans], I’m very honored. I would like to thank Chatri for giving me this opportunity. I will do my best to represent Thailand and show my Muay Thai [skills] to the world.”
‘ONE on TNT I’ Final Weight and Hydration Results:
- ONE Flyweight World Championship (56.8 KG–61.2 KG)
Adriano Moraes (60.95 KG, 1.0152) vs. Demetrious Johnson (60.95 KG, 1.0183)
- Mixed Martial Arts – Lightweight (70.4 KG–77.1 KG)
Eddie Alvarez (77.0 KG, 1.0176) vs. Iuri Lapicus (76.85 KG, 1.0112)
- Muay Thai – Catch Weight (61.5 KG)
Rodtang Jitmuangnon (61.5 KG, 1.0248) vs. Danial Williams (60.65 KG, 1.0099)
- Mixed Martial Arts – Welterweight (77.2 KG–83.9 KG)
Tyler McGuire (83.25 KG, 1.0160) vs. Raimond Magomedaliev (83.2 KG, 1.0244)
- Kickboxing – Featherweight (65.9 KG–70.3 KG)
Chingiz Allazov (69.85 KG, 1.0214) vs. Enriko Kehl (69.65 KG, 1.0168)
- Mixed Martial Arts – Heavyweight (102.2 KG–120.2 KG)
Patrick Schmid (111.95 KG, 1.0132) vs. Oumar Kane (118.85 KG, 1.0044)
*Hydration values less than or equal to 1.0250 earn a passing mark, while values greater than or equal to 1.0251 earn a failing mark. Athletes who failed weight and hydration tests on Day 1 or Day 2 are given another chance to clear tests on the morning of the event.
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