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Rising Women’s MMA Star Kayla Harrison to Return on New Year’s Eve PFL Championship Event

Professional Fighters League has announced an event in New York City for New Year’s Eve, which will feature six title fights and Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison’s third professional mixed martial arts bout. An opponent has yet to be revealed.
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Eddie Alvarez Signs With ONE Championship

Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, has officially signed with ONE Championship. Founder / CEO Chatri Sityodtong broke the widely-anticipated news with a Facebook post on Tuesday morning.

“Please join me in welcoming Eddie Alvarez to ONE Championship! Eddie is not only one of the greatest lightweights in history, but he is the only athlete ever to win world titles in both UFC and Bellator,” he said. “His goal is to become the only person to win all three major world titles in the largest global promotions in history.”

Alvarez, who holds a professional record of 29-6 (1 NC), is currently ranked No. 4 in the UFC lightweight rankings and boasts wins over the likes of Shinya Aoki, Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Chandler, Anthony Pettis, and Gilbert Melendez, just to name a few.

Alvarez is currently 1-1 against Aoki, who has been promised a lightweight title shot at the ONE Championship event on March 31st in Tokyo, Japan. “The Underground King” was submitted by “Tobikan Judan” in a 2008 fight for the WAMMA belt, but then stopped Aoki in the Bellator cage during their 2012 rematch.

A trilogy fight with Aoki seems like an obvious matchup for the 34 year-old slugger although it remains to be seen whether Alvarez will continue to compete at lightweight, given that ONE Championship has a policy which limits the amount in which fighters are allowed to dehydrate themselves.

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Report: Eddie Alvarez Signing With ONE Championship

The Underground King is leaving the UFC and heading to Asia, according to ESPN.

After weeks of rumors, it sounds like Eddie Alvarez is ready to sign on the dotted line.

Multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN that the former UFC and Bellator champion is leaving the UFC to sign with Asian promotion ONE Championship. Originally reported by MMABrasil’s Tarso Doria, the news is about as close to official as you can get without an official announcement. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong went as far as to tease the reveal earlier this morning:

Of course, the UFC could always field a last second offer that draws fan favorite Alvarez back into the fold. Even at 1-2-1 over his last four fights, Eddie’s value to any promotion lucky enough to have him is clear – to the point where Bellator actually sued to try and keep him from leaving back in 2013.

They only managed to hold onto him for one more fight before Alvarez arrived in the UFC, winning the lightweight title off Rafael dos Anjos in 2016 before losing it in a shocking route to Conor McGregor later that year.

Wars with Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje confirmed that Eddie wasn’t done at the top of the extremely tough lightweight division, but Alvarez decided not to re-sign with the UFC leading into his final fight, preferring to test the waters of free agency. Not even a meeting with Dana White in Philly could get the two parties to agree on financial terms.

Now ONE Championship is picking up one of the most exciting fighters in the world, one with tons of name recognition both with the oldschoolers and the Conor casuals.

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One Championship Announces Event in Land of the Rising Sun

One Championship is making its promotional debut in Japan as it announced their first-ever event in Tokyo in March 2019.
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One Championship Competition Committee Overturns Decision from ‘Spirit of a Warrior’ Event

This past weekend, it appeared that Sagetdao Petpayathai had taken a unanimous decision victory against Jia Wen Ma in a featherweight bout at One Championship ‘Spirit of a Warrior’ at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
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Andy Souwer quits Rizin, signs with ONE Championship

Andy Souwer has sent shockwaves through the Asian MMA community by signing an exclusive contract with ONE Championship.

Rizin FF announced that Souwer would be facing Takanori Gomi on July 29th. However it appears that the two time K-1 Max champion has decided to leave the Japanese promotion in order to compete for ONE.

Souwer is also a multiple time Shoot boxing champion and one of the best kickboxers to ever test himself in MMA. The recent launch of the ONE Super Series will allow him to compete in both codes, all under one roof.

Souwer has beaten the likes of Buakaw Banchamek and Yodsaenklai Fairtex. He won the K-1 Max tournament in 2005 and 2007 establishing himself as arguably the number one kickboxer in the world during this period.

A veteran of five MMA fights, Souwer will also have the opportunity to compete in ONE Championship’s lightweight division where potential opponents include Shinya Aoki. However the kickboxing opportunities are even more intriguing as Yodsaenklai and Giorgio Petrosyan could both be options.

The only question is whether ONE Championship will allow Souwer to compete in his iconic spandex tights?

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One Championship to Host Renzo Gracie’s Retirement Fight, Nguyen-Belingon Scrap

One Championship has booked some intriguing bouts for its July 27 card in Manila.
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Sarah Kaufman Throttles Katharina Lehner, Grabs Vacant Invicta Bantamweight Championship

Sarah Kaufman dispatches Katharina Lehner with a third-round rear-naked choke in the Invicta 29 main event on Friday in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Sarah Kaufman Throttles Katharina Lehner, Grabs Vacant Invicta Bantamweight Championship

Sarah Kaufman dispatches Katharina Lehner with a third-round rear-naked choke in the Invicta 29 main event on Friday in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Sarah Kaufman Throttles Katharina Lehner, Grabs Vacant Invicta Bantamweight Championship

Sarah Kaufman dispatches Katharina Lehner with a third-round rear-naked choke in the Invicta 29 main event on Friday in Kansas City, Missouri.
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