Things did not go well, as expected for two former UFC champions who debuted at the ONE Championship on Sunday in Tokyo.
Long-standing fighter holder Demetrious Johnson defeated Yuya Wakamatsu through a second round of a guillotine racing, and Eddie Alvarez, a former lightweight champion both in the UFC and Bellator, was interrupted in the first round.
Alvarez (29-7, 1 NC) was shocked by Timofey Nastyukhin (13-4), a heavy-handed Russian who went to The Underground King from the start. Alvarez is never in the rhythm and was beaten to the blow several times, offering a little in return. After being stunned by the left left combination at the end of the circle, he stood up against the cage and hiding. Astutix unleashed a wave of blows to finish his job in 4 minutes, 5 seconds.
"This is my style," said Nastukhin, who is advancing in the Asian promotion of the eight Grand Prix. "I love to finish battles in the first round with a knockout, so I did." Mighty Mouse (28-3-1
"I have a real rotten thing," Johnson said. "He went in for a [takedown] shot, so I put my thighs and he was hanging on my feet, and that gave me even more torque to get to the finish I do not know if he's gone or not … but when he woke up, he looked like, "What happened? What happened? "Had jumped in the battle that preceded this one – to save the 35-year-old Alvarez, who only had one victory in his last five battles, which had begun when Conor McGregor took the 155 kilogram UFC belt in 2016 Shockingly, Alvarez dropped like this when he fought in Tokyo just hours after the UFC had held an event in his native Philadelphia.
As for the brilliant opportunities to attract two magnificent UFCs, it was clearly an Asian event. Instead of placing Johnson and Alvarez on the top of the tent the event is called "A New Era," the ONE Championship holds them under four titles on the map, and the weak Jingnan Xiong (fifth round TKO of Angela Lee's champion) and middleweight Aung La Nsang Ken Kengawa) defended their belts and midfield Edward Folayang lost his Japanese legend Shinya Aoki Kevin Bellingen was disqualified in the 3rd round against Bibiano Fernandez for delivering blows to the back of his head by returning the strap to the man from whom has taken in November.
But it was Johnson's night, at least for North American fans who enjoyed the former pound-for-pounds early. 1. He joined the ONE Championship in October in a trade with UFC; In return for allowing him to sign with the Singapore promotion, UFC received permission to bring the former teenager a half-ranked Ben Acresn who had retired undefeated.
Now Johnson, whose 11 defensive titles are enrolled in the UFC, is in
"I can not wait for the next round," he said.