Former strawweight champ Yoshitaka Naito and grappling star Gary Tonon are among the latest names to join ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon.
May’s Enter the Dragon card from ONE Championship, set to go down in Singapore, continues to expand. On Tuesday, the promotion revealed via press release the addition of six new bouts, including former champ Yoshitaka Naito, and grapping ace Gary Tonon. The bouts join an event already headlined by lightweight champ Shinya Aoki defending his title against Christian Lee.
Naito (13-3), the former strawweight champion, has fallen on hard times of late. He’s just 1-3 in his last four bouts, including a pair of fights with Joshua Pacio, the promotion’s current strawweight champ. ‘Nobu’ will take on Alex Silva for the third time at Enter the Dragon, completing a trilogy that began in 2017. The pair each have one win over the other. Silva (7-3) has lost two straight, against Naito and Silva, both in 2018.
Gary Tonon (4-0) will continue his journey into MMA at the Singapore show. ‘The Lion Killer’ has won four straight since debuting in ONE Championship last year. This time out, he’ll take on Japan’s Yoshiki Nakahara (12-4). He rides into the fight against Tonon on a seven fight win streak.
Lightweight Amir Khan (11-5) will also be in action that night, facing Italy’s Iurie Lapicus. Lapicus (12-0) will be making his promotional debut. Mei Yamaguchi (19-11-1) will face China’s Meng Bo (13-5), and Rahul Raju (4-4), who will be a local favorite, is set to take on Richard “Notorious” Corminal (4-4) at lightweight. A final bout announced Tuesday will have Muay Thai star “Kru Rong” Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke square off with Miao Li Tao.