ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La N Sang last fought at ONE: A New Era on March 31 Tokyo, Japan, when he defended his middleweight strap with a knockout of Ken Hasegawa. On that same night, we witnessed the ONE Championship debuts of two former UFC titleholders in Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson.
The former UFC and Bellator champ Alvarez debuted first, and contrary to the widespread expectation among Western fans, he was stopped in the first round by his ferocious opponent Timofey Nastyukhin.
The former UFC flyweight champ Johnson took to the ONE cage next. While he ultimately earned a victory with a second-round guillotine choke, it did not come easily, as his foe Yuya Wakamatsu put up a very commendable fight until the finish materialized.
Speaking to BJPenn.com, Aung La N Sang discussed the ONE Championship debuts of Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson. He believes that their fights helped legitimize the talent of the ONE Championship roster in the eyes of many Western fans.