Eddie Alvarez to face Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev

Eddie Alvarez submits Eduard Folayang and advances to the final of ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix

Eddie Alvarez was back in action last night (August 2) in Manila, Philippines, where he faced Eduard Folayang. The pair squared off in the semi-final bout of ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, battling it out on the card billed as “Dawn of Heroes”. The scheduled for three rounds contest didn’t go the distance. American mixed martial artist claimed the win against local hero by submission in the first round.

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“Folayang attacked Alvarez with a blitz of strikes to open the contest and a low kick brought “The Underground King” to the mat. Alvarez, however, was able to sweep Folayang to wind up in mount. From there, Alvarez took Folayang’s back, fished for the submission, and forced the tap,” reads the event recap sent out by the promotion.

Alvarez is a former UFC and Bellator Lightweight champion, who made his ONE Championship debut in March. He was stopped by Timofey Nastyukhin in the first round of their quarter-final bout of the WGP. Mid July the latter was forced to withdraw from his bout against Honorio Banario and a new semi-final – Alvarez-Folayang – was announced.

Ultimately, Alvarez rebounds and updates his record to 30-7, 1 NC. He is expected to face Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev in the final bout of WGP, which is featured on the “ONE: Century” fight card held on October 13 in Tokyo.

Former ONE Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang suffers the second defeat in a row and drops to 21-8.

In the main event of ONE Dawn of Heroes Martin Nguyen stopped Koyomi Matsushima in the second round to retain his featherweight title. In the co-main event Rodtang Jitmuangnon claimed flyweight Muay Thai title by unanimous decision against former champion Jonathan Haggerty.

In addition Demetrious Johnson and Danny Kingad defeated Tatsumitsu Wada and Reece McLaren (respectively) by decision in the semi-final bouts of ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. The winners are expected to square off in the final bout also on October 13.

The complete fight results from ONE Dawn of Heroes can be found here.

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