Josa Lukman (The Jakarta Post)
Tue, July 12, 2022
ONE Championship recently released the full card for its ONE 161: Moraes vs. Johnson II event, which will be broadcast live on United States primetime from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Aug. 26 (Aug. 27 in Indonesia).
As previously announced, the show is headlined by the ONE flyweight world title rematch between Adriano Moraes and Demetrious Johnson.
“Mighty Mouse” looks to level the rivalry after Moraes handed him his first career knockout in their first fight. The mixed martial arts (MMA) great can find some redemption and snatch the divisional strap if he manages to defeat “Mikinho.”
Before that highly anticipated showdown plays out, Liam Harrison takes his shot at ending ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao’s longtime reign.
The Englishman strongly believes he can be the first man to defeat the Thai sensation in ONE, but whether that rings true remains to be seen.
In addition to those two incredible battles, the semifinals of the ONE flyweight Muay Thai world Grand Prix unfold on the evening’s main card.
ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon meets Savvas “The Baby Face Killer” Michael for a chance to make it to the ONE flyweight Muay Thai world grand prix championship final.
Both men are fired up after their respective quarterfinal victories, so fans should expect a barnburner when they collide.
ONE has also added a Grand Prix alternate bout to the event, giving Iranian-Malaysian fighter Amir Naseri a second chance to participate in the tournament. He faces former ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Jonathan “The General” Haggerty, who had to withdraw from the Grand Prix before the first round due to unforeseen health issues.
The winner of this bout will step in should either of the finalists pull out.
Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida will face former ONE world title challenger Kirill Grishenko in a heavyweight MMA battle on the main card. “Buchecha” has gone 3-0 in the organization and may have the hardest bout of his MMA career yet when he steps in against the Belarusian dynamo.
Lastly, Amir Aliakbari takes on Mauro Cerilli in a battle for heavyweight relevancy.
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Main Card For ONE 161: Moraes vs. Johnson II
- (c) Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson (ONE flyweight world title)
- (c) Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Liam Harrison (ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai world title)
- Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Savvas Michael (flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal)
- Marcus Almeida vs. Kirill Grishenko (MMA – heavyweight)
- Amir Aliakbari vs. Mauro Cerilli (MMA – heavyweight)
- Amir Naseri vs. Jonathan Haggerty (flyweight World Grand Prix alternate)
Lead Card For ONE 161: Moraes vs. Johnson II
- Itsuki Hirata vs. Lin Heqin (MMA – women’s atomweight)
- Diandra Martin vs. Amber Kitchen (Muay Thai – catchweight of 128 pounds)
In the meantime, download the ONE Super App to catch all the action at ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Bigdash on Friday, 22 July, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
This article is published in collaboration with ONE Championship.