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Ex-UFC fighter Kazuki Tokudome: ONE Championship is perfect for me

Kazuki Tokudome (photo by Alvin Berto)

Kazuki Tokudome (photo by Alvin Berto)

Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan, Kazuki Tokudome is fighting in the ONE Championship cage for the second time. The promotional debut of the Japanese mixed martial artist did not end in his favor and he is ready to redeem himself.

“ONE Championship is the perfect stage for me to face top-level competition,” Tokudome said during the official “ONE: Heart of the Lion” press conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore on November 7, 2018. “I look forward to my match against a talented athlete like Christian Lee.”

Representing Paraestra Hachioji, Tokudome will co-headline “ONE: Heart of the Lion”  with Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore in a catch weight of 73 kg. The Tokyo native competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 2013 to 2014 and in Pancrase from 2015 to 2017.

“It’s an honor to be part of this organization,” the former UFC and Pancrase fighter said of ONE Championship. “It’s a new chapter in my professional career.”

ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong graced the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” press conference, where the promotion announced a World Grand Prix for the flyweight and lightweight divisions. Also in attendance were newly-signed ONE Championship athletes Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez.

The “ONE: Heart of the Lion” fight night will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. Here is the complete fight card:

PRELIMINARY CARD

  1. MMA featherweight: Anthony Engelen (Netherlands) vs Meas Meul (Cambodia)
  2. MMA bantamweight: Hisyam Samsudin (Malaysia) vs Xie Bin (China)
  3. MMA bantamweight: Muhammad Aiman (Malaysia) vs Shuya Kamikubo (Japan)
  4. ONE Super Series sanda featherweight: Shahzaib Rindh (Pakistan) vs Feng Lei (China)
  5. MMA lightweight: Adrian Pang (Australia) vs Kota Shimoishi (Japan)
  6. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Panicos Yusuf (Cyprus) vs Muangthai P.K.Saenchai Muaythaigym (Thailand)
  7. ONE Super Series Muay Thai featherweight: George Mann (United Kingdom) vs Smokin’ Jo Nattawut (Thailand)

MAIN CARD

  1. MMA featherweight: Garry Tonon (United States) vs Sung Jong Lee (South Korea)
  2. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Andrew Miller (United Kingdom) vs Yodlekpet T-Ded 99 (Thailand)
  3. MMA strawweight: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Himanshu Kaushik (India)
  4. MMA strawweight: Tiffany Teo (Singapore) vs Michelle Nicolini (Brazil)
  5. ONE Super Series kickboxing catchweight 71 kg: Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy (Thailand)

Co-Main Event

  1. MMA catchweight (73 kg): Christian Lee (Singapore) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan)

Main Event

  1. ONE Bantamweight World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes (Brazil) vs Kevin Belingon (Philippines)

Ticket information for ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.

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